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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|
Lambda Literary Foundation
Midcareer Novelists' Prizes
Two prizes of $5,000 each are given annually to LGBT novelists in midcareer who have each published at least three novels or two novels in addition to books of poetry, short stories, or essays. Submit...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||2/1/13|
PEN American Center
PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants
Grants of $2,000 to $4,000 each are given annually to support the translation of book-length works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that have not previously appeared in English or have...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$4,000||2/1/13|
Patrick Henry Fellowship
A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is given annually to a...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$45,000||Residency||2/15/13|
College Fiction Contest
A prize of $3,000 and publication in Playboy will be given annually for a short story. Fiction writers currently enrolled in college are eligible. Using the online submissions manager, submit a...
Summer Literary Seminars
Unified Literary Contest
Three prizes, valued at $5,200 each, to attend the Summer Literary Seminars program in Lithuania or Kenya are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer. The prizes...
|$17||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,200||Publication, Residency||2/28/13|
BBC National Short Story Award
A prize of £15,000 (approximately $19,790) is given annually for a short story by an author with a prior record of publication in the U.K. A second-place prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,957) is also...