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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|
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award
A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a female poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to complete a project for publication over a two-year period. The top finalist in each of the two...
|$45||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$50,000||Publication||11/2/16|
Milton Postgraduate Fellowship
A nine-month fellowship is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. The fellowship, valued at $25,000, includes a $5,000 stipend, a...
|$25||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$25,000||Reading, Residency||3/15/16|
National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships
Grants of $25,000 each are awarded in alternating years to poets and prose writers. This year grants will be awarded to poets. Poets who have published either a full-length collection of poetry of at...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$25,000||3/9/16|
Hodson Trust–John Carter Brown Fellowship
A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) working on a book relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$20,000||3/15/16|
James Jones Literary Society
First Novel Fellowship
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work is published in Provincetown Arts, and the winner will...
National Poetry Series
Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers currently include Beacon Press, Ecco,...