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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|
Passaic County Community College
Paterson Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet must participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading at the Poetry Center in Paterson, New...
Sozopol Fiction Seminars
English and Bulgarian Scholarships
Ten scholarships, valued at approximately $1,600 each, to attend the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Sozopol, Bulgaria, are given annually to five fiction writers working in English and five working in...
Tennessee Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships
Up to three grants of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are financially compensated for their work as professional artists and are current...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||1/26/15|
Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and trans poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia area who have been creating art for social change for five or more...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$15,000||5/15/15|
Friends of American Writers
A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who previously resided in the...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$4,000||12/10/14|
Lake Forest College
Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency
A prize of $10,000 and a two-month residency at Lake Forest College is given in alternating years to an emerging poet or prose writer to complete an innovative work-in-progress. This year the residency...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||Residency||3/1/14|