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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|
Prize for New Immigrant Writing
A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books will be given in alternating years for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction by a first-generation resident of the United States. The 2016 prize...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||Publication||2/28/17|
A prize of $1,074 and publication on the Public Poetry website will be given annually for a poem on a theme. This year's theme is "Work." Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of...
Red Hen Press
Women's Prose Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press will be given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a woman. Aimee Bender will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story or...
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||2/28/17|
Mad River Books
Journal Non/Fiction Collection Prize
A prize of $1,500 and publication by Mad River Books, the trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a collection of short prose. Michael Kardos will judge. Using the online...
|$25||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||2/20/17|
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Self-Publishing Literary Awards
Two prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry e-book and a fiction e-book by an African American writer self-published in the United States during the previous year. The awards honor books that...
Furious Flower Poetry Center
Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,000 will be given for a group of poems by a poet who has not published more than one poetry collection. A second-place prize of $1,000 will also be given. The winners will also each receive...