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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|
Summer Literary Seminars
Unified Literary Contest
Three prizes, valued at $5,200 each, to attend the Summer Literary Seminars program in Lithuania or Kenya are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer. The prizes...
|$17||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,200||Publication, Residency||2/28/13|
Bevel Summers Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Shenandoah's online issue is given annually for a short short story. Submit two copies of up to three stories of no more than 1,000 words each with a $3...
Santa Fe Writers Project
Two prizes of $1,000 are given annually for works of fiction and creative nonfiction. David Morrell will judge in fiction, and Lee Gutkind will judge in creative nonfiction. Submit a manuscript of any...
|$30||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||7/15/13|
South Carolina Arts Commission
Two fellowships of $5,000 each are given biennially to a poet and a writer of fiction or creative nonfiction. Writers who have been residents of South Carolina for two years prior to the application...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||11/1/13|
Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia poets
A prize of $500 and publication in Shenandoah is given annually for a single poem by a writer born or residing in Virginia. Submit up to three poems and a brief biographical statement confirming...
Stanford University Libraries
William Saroyan International Prize for Writing
Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for works of fiction and creative nonfiction. The awards, cosponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, are "intended...
|$50||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||1/31/14|