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Writing Contests

Jan 17, 2021

Here’s information about some legitimate writing contests. Click on the links for more info.

Fiction Contests

AWP Prize for the Novel
Eligibility: All authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence
Prize: $2,500 + publication by the New Issues Press
Entry Fee: $30
Deadline: February 28, 2021

Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction
Eligibility: All authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence
Prize: $5,500 + publication by University of Massachusetts Press
Entry Fee: $30
Deadline: February 28, 2021

Nonfiction Contests

Fund for Investigative Journalism Grant
Eligibility: Journalists with a letter of commitment from a publication for a specific story
Prize: up to $10,000
Deadline: February 8, 2021

Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award
Eligibility: Early-career, creative nonfiction writers
Prize: $12,500
Deadline: February 16, 2021

AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction
Eligibility: All authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence
Prize: $2,500 + publication by the University of Georgia Press.
Entry Fee: $30
Deadline: February 28, 2021

Molly National Journalism Prize
Eligibility: Journalists with a piece published in a U.S. based pub in 2020
Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $50
Deadline: February 28, 2021

Writing Fellowships & Residencies

Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing
Eligibility: Writers working on a first or second book of fiction or creative nonfiction
Prize: 4-month residency at Bucknell’s “Poets’ Cottage” and a stipend of $5,000.
Deadline: February 1, 2021

Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing
Eligibility: Writers working on their first books of fiction or nonfiction
Prize: $42,745 + travel + health insurance
Deadline: February 15, 2021

Sustainable Arts Foundation Award
Eligibility: Writers with at least one child under the age of 18.
Prize: $5,000
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: February 26, 2021 (application available on February 1, 2021)

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