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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|
Civil War Institute
Michael Shaara Book Prize
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel about the Civil War published during the previous year to "encourage fresh approaches to Civil War fiction." Publishers, critics, and authors may submit...
Virginia Commonwealth University
Cabell First Novelist Award
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and the winner's editor and agent also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the First Novelist Festival...
PEN American Center
PEN/Open Book Award
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for book-length work of any genre by a writer of color published in the United States during the previous year. Writers may be of any nationality, and must not have...
A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year. The winner also receives a weeklong, all-expenses-paid summer residency at the...
|$75||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$7,500||12/31/13|
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of fiction or nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that "contribute to our understanding of racism or...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||12/31/13|
PEN New England
Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award
A prize of $10,000 is given for a debut novel or short story collection published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives a residency fellowship at the Ucross Foundation in...