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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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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
Autumn House Press
Book Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner also receives a $1,500...

$30 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 6/30/13
Alligator Juniper
National Writing Contest

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Alligator Juniper are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems or a story or essay of up to 30 pages with a...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 10/1/13
Artist Trust
Literature Fellowships

Fellowships of $7,500 are awarded biennially to Washington State poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Students enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible. Submit up to 12...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $7,500 1/13/14
Accenti
Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 Canadian (approximately $957) and publication in Accenti is given annually for a short story or an essay. Submit a manuscript of up to 2,000 words with a $20 Canadian (...

$19 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 2/7/14
Arcadia
Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Arcadia will be given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 4,000 to 7,000 words with a $15 entry fee by February...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 2/15/14
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Award Series

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by a...

$30 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,500 Publication 2/28/14
Alabama State Council on the Arts
Individual Artist Grants

Fellowships of $5,000 are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using the online submission system,...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 3/1/14
Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture
Arts & Letters Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Beth Gylys will judge in...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/24/14
ABQ Writers Co-op
Bosque Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in bosque is given annually for a short story or novel excerpt. Manuel Munoz will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story or novel excerpt of...

$22 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/14
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Fellowships and Grants

Individual Artist Fellowships of $5,000 are given annually to Minnesota writers to pursue a specific arts opportunity. Poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are U.S. citizens, at...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 4/25/14
American-Scandinavian Foundation
Translation Prizes
A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, or Swedish work of poetry, fiction,...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 6/1/14
American Short Fiction
Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the fall issue of American Short Fiction will be given annually for a short story. Amy Hempel will judge. Submit a story of 2,000 to 6,500 words with a $20...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 6/1/14
Autumn House Press
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner also receives a $1,500...

$30 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 6/30/14
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Orlando Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by a woman writer. Submit a poem of no more...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/31/14
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