While funding for the arts remains an uphill battle for universities, literary nonprofits, independent presses, and literary magazines, those organizations are still giving a significant amount of money to writers annually through writing contests. This past year was no exception. In the six issues published in 2012, Poets & Writers Magazine’s Grants & Awards  section, the editorial feature announcing both contest deadlines and recent winners, listed 844 winning poets, writers, and translators. Together, they received a total of $9,595,066—an increase of nearly $3 million compared with our last annual count, published ten years ago. The charts below take a closer look at the numbers behind Grants & Awards.