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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|
Short Story Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Gival Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 5,000 to 15,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 8. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or...
PEN Center USA
Emerging Voices Fellowships
Fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers from underrepresented communities who lack access to financial and creative support. Each...
|$10||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||8/12/13|
North Carolina Humanities Council
Linda Flowers Literary Award
A prize of $500, publication in North Carolina Conversations, and a weeklong residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina, is given annually for a...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$500||Publication, Residency||8/15/13|
Pavement Saw Press
Transcontinental Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000, publication by Pavement Saw Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Poets who have not published more than one collection, or who have...
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas is given annually for a group of poems. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the 2013 Tennessee Williams/New...
Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication in Arcadia, and 25 author copies will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit a manuscript of 15 to 40...