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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|
Loft Literary Center
Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant
Grants of up to $10,000 will be given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one year. Writers who have published no...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||10000|
Innovative Fiction Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in DIAGRAM is given annually for an innovative short story. Ben Marcus will judge. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $15 entry fee by March 30. Send an...
Bevel Summers Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Shenandoah's online issue is given annually for a short short story. Submit two copies of up to three stories of no more than 1,000 words each with a $3...
Dayton Literary Peace Foundation
Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a work of fiction and a work of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that “foster peace, social justice, and global...
|$100||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000|
Literary Blockbuster Challenge
A prize of $5,000 will be given annually to an unpublished or self-published novel that combines elements of literary and mainstream fiction. A second-place prize of $2,500 and a third-place prize of $1,...
Sherwood Anderson Foundation
A prize of approximately $15,000 is given annually to an emerging fiction writer. Writers who have published up to two books of fiction or a number of stories in literary journals are eligible. Submit a...