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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|
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are residents of the United States and Canada on the basis of achievement and exceptional...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$30,000||9/19/13|
Journal of Experimental Fiction
Kenneth Patchen Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction/Civil Coping Mechanisms is given annually for an innovative novel. James R. Hugunin will judge. Submit a manuscript of any...
First Book Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Kore Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Female-identified poets who have not published a book-length poetry collection or a chapbook with a print run...
Art and Change Grants
Grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly by the Leeway Foundation to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and Two-Spirit poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$2,500||8/1/13|
Ames Essay Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a personal essay. Submit an essay of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($5 for an additional essay) by...
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem. Submit up to six poems of no more than 2,000 words each with a $10 entry fee ($15 for up to 10 poems) by July 15...