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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|
PEN American Center
PEN Open Book Award
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book-length work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer of color published in the United States during the previous year. Authors may be of any...
|$50||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||2/1/13|
Literary Artist Fellowships
Nine fellowships of $25,000 each will be given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers living in metropolitan Detroit. The fellowships are designed to enable writers to devote...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$25,000||2/1/13|
Lambda Literary Foundation
Midcareer Novelists' Prizes
Two prizes of $5,000 each are given annually to LGBT novelists in midcareer who have each published at least three novels or two novels in addition to books of poetry, short stories, or essays. Submit...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$5,000||2/1/13|
PEN American Center
PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants
Grants of $2,000 to $4,000 each are given annually to support the translation of book-length works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that have not previously appeared in English or have...
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$4,000||2/1/13|
Ohio State University Press
Prize in Short Fiction
A prize of $1,500 and publication by Ohio State University Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages of short stories, novellas, or a combination...