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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|
Poetry Society of America
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Poetry Society of America are given annually for poetry chapbooks by poets who have not published a full-length collection. Two fellowships are open to...
PEN New England
Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award
A prize of $10,000 is given for a debut novel or short story collection published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives a residency fellowship at the Ucross Foundation in...
PEN Center USA
Prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation published in 2013 by authors residing west of the Mississippi River. The winners will also...
|$35||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||12/31/13|
PEN American Center
PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction
A prize of $25,000 and publication by Algonquin Books is given biennially for a novel that addresses social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. U.S. writers who have...
Passaic County Community College
Paterson Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet must participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading at the Poetry Center in Paterson, New...
Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency
A seven-month residency, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, is given biennially to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer to live and work at the Dutch Henry Homestead near the Rogue...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||Residency||3/1/14|