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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|
Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission
United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies
Up to five residencies of three to five months, each of which include a stipend of up to $20,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support, are awarded annually to published U.S. poets,...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$20,000||2/1/16|
A prize of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,140) and publication in Malahat Review will be given biennially for a novella. Mark Anthony Jarman, Stephen Marche, and Joan Thomas will judge....
New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and a work of nonfiction (including creative...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/16|
Iowa Review Awards
Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Brenda Shaughnessy will judge in poetry, Kelly Link will...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,500||Publication||1/31/16|
Ohioana Library Association
Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant
A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an Ohio fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer age 30 or under who has not published a book. Writers born in Ohio or who have lived in Ohio for a minimum of...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||1/31/16|
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in a participating journal are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by women writers. Submit a poem of no more than...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Publication||1/31/16|