Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

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.

New York State Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/17/24

Grants of $10,000 each will be given annually to poets, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, and translators who are residents of New York State and are sponsored by an...

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PEN America

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/24

Ten grants of $3,000 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...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/31/24

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given in alternating years for a group of poems or a prose excerpt translated from any language into English. The 2024...

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