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The Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that we’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere.
|Sponsor and Award||Entry Fee||Genre||Cash Prize||Prize includes||Application Deadline|
North Carolina Writers' Network
Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story. The winning story is considered for publication in Thomas Wolfe Review. Submit two copies of a story of up to 12 pages with a $25 entry fee...
New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given for a poem, a work of fiction, a work of short short fiction, and a work of nonfiction (including creative...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/15|
Northern Colorado Writers
Top of the Mountain Book Award
Two prizes of $1,000 each will be given annually for a novel and a book of creative nonfiction. The manuscript does not need to be completed at the time of entry, but the estimated word count of the...
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||2/1/15|
National Poetry Series
Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers currently include Fence Books,...
National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships
Grants of $25,000 each are awarded annually to poets or prose writers in alternating years. This year grants will be awarded to prose writers. Fiction and creative nonfiction writers who have published...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$25,000||3/11/15|
New Ohio Review
Prizes in Poetry and Fiction
Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems and a short story. Robert Pinsky will judge in poetry; Maud Casey will judge in...