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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.

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New Hampshire State Council on the Arts 
Individual Artist Fellowships

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given every three years to New Hampshire poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. New Hampshire residents who are not enrolled full-time in a degree-...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 1/31/11
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Fellowships in Poetry and Prose

Fellowships ranging from $7,000 to $12,000 each are awarded biennially to New Jersey poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to support new work. Full-time New Jersey residents who are...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $7,000 7/15/11
University of Notre Dame Press
Richard Sullivan Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a short story collection. Writers who have published at least one short story collection are eligible....

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/11
Kenyon College
Kenyon Review Fellowships

Two two-year fellowships, each including an annual stipend of $32,500, will be given biennially to poets, fiction writers, or creative nonfiction writers who have completed an MFA or PhD in creative...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $32,500 12/1/11
New York Foundation for the Arts
Artists' Fellowships

Grants of $7,000 are given triennially to New York State fiction writers. Writers who have lived in New York State for two years or more, are at least 25 years of age, and are not enrolled in a degree-...

$0 Fiction $7,000 12/15/11
University of Notre Dame
Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a poetry collection by a Latino poet who has not yet published a book. The winner is also invited to give a...

$0 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 1/15/12
Stanford University Libraries
William Saroyan International Prize

Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for works of fiction and creative nonfiction. The awards, cosponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, are “intended...

$50 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 1/31/12
Potomac Review
Annual Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Potomac Review is given biennially for a poem. The award rotates annually between poetry and fiction. All entries are considered for publication. Using the...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 2/1/12
Creative Capital
Artist Grants

Grants of up to $50,000 are offered triennially to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers also receive advisory and development services from Creative Capital. United States...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $50,000 3/1/12
Passages North
Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a short story and a short short story. For the Waasmode Short Fiction Prize, submit a story of up to 7,500...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/12
Poets & Writers, Inc.
California Writers Exchange Contest

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded every three years to a poet and a fiction writer living in California. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid, weeklong trip to New York City to meet with...

$0 Poetry, Fiction $500 Reading 8/31/12
University of Notre Dame Press
Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a short story collection. Writers who have published at least one short story collection are eligible. Submit...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/12
Barnard College
Women Poets Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Norton is given biennially for a second poetry collection. The prize is open to U.S. women poets who have already published a book-length poetry collection in an...

$20 Poetry $1,500 Publication 10/15/12
North Carolina Arts Council
Writers’ Fellowships

Fellowships of $10,000 each are given biennially to North Carolina poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and literary translators. Applicants must have lived in North Carolina for at least...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 11/1/12
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer. One finalist in each genre will receive $5,000. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or prose with a $35...

$35 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $50,000 11/1/12
Shenandoah
Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Writers

A prize of $500 and publication in Shenandoah is given annually for a poem by a writer born or residing in Virginia. Submit up to three poems by November 15. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE...

$0 Poetry $500 Publication 11/15/12
Burnside Review
Poetry Book Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Burnside Review Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 64...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/12
Pushcart Press
Editors’ Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or creative nonfiction manuscript that has been submitted to but not accepted by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes “worthy manuscripts...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 11/15/12
Writer’s Digest
Short Short Story Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City for the annual Writer’s Digest Conference is given annually for a short short story. A second-place prize of $1,500 is also awarded. Both...

$20 Fiction $3,000 11/15/12
Hill-Stead Museum
Sunken Garden Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hill-Stead Museum is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at Hill-Stead in...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication, Reading 12/1/12
Lambda Literary Foundation
Debut Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for debut books of fiction by LGBT writers published in the current year. Submit four copies of a first novel or a short story collection (or bound galleys)...

$35 Fiction $1,000 12/1/12
Publishing Triangle
Triangle Awards

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a first book of fiction by an LGBT author published in the United States or Canada during the current year. Two prizes of $1,000 each are also given for books of...

$35 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 12/6/12
Codhill Press
Poetry Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000, 50 author copies, and publication by Codhill Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Pauline Uchmanowicz will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 30 pages with a $25 entry fee...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/10/12
Munster Literature Center
Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize

A prize of 1,000 euros (approximately $1,290) and publication in Southword is given annually for a poem. The winner also receives some travel expenses, as well as lodging and meals, to give a...

$7 Poetry $1,290 Publication, Reading 12/15/12
Poetry Society of America
Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Poetry Society of America is given annually to a manuscript-in-progress of poetry. Previously published work may be included. Submit a manuscript of up to 15...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/22/12
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