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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|
Sustainable Arts Foundation
Up to five awards of $6,000 each and up to five Promise Awards of $2,000 each are given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one...
|$15||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$6,000||9/2/16|
Tucson Festival of Books
Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel discussion at the annual Tucson Festival of...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Workshop||10/31/16|
Stories That Need to Be Told Contest
A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay "that tells a story." The winning work will also be published in the contest anthology, Stories That Need to Be Told...
|$20||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||9/16/16|
University of Iowa Press
Short Fiction Awards
Two awards of publication by University of Iowa Press are given annually for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible. Submit a manuscript of at...
University of Louisville
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Salt Hill Journal is given annually for a work of fiction written in the fabulist experimental style of Italo Calvino. The winner will also receive airfare...
University of Massachusetts Press
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a novel or novella. The...