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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|
Stadler Center for Poetry
Philip Roth Residence
A four-month residency, including a $4,000 stipend, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer. The 2013 Philip...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$4,000||Residency||2/1/13|
Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Ernest J. Gaines Award
A prize of $10,000 is given annually to an African American author for a book of fiction published during the previous year. Thomas Beller, Anthony Grooms, Phillip Lopate, Francine Prose, and Patricia...
Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. A...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||12/31/13|
Lake Forest College
Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency
A prize of $10,000 and a two-month residency at Lake Forest College is given annually to a prose poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer to complete an innovative work-in-progress. The...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$10,000||Publication, Residency||3/1/13|
American Antiquarian Society
Fellowships for Creative Writers
Fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for monthlong residencies at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, to research pre-...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,350||10/5/13|
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African American writer and published...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$500||12/13/13|