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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
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Career Development Grants

Grants of up to $2,500 are given three times a year to allow Minnesota writers to take advantage of a specific arts opportunity. Poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are U.S....

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 11/16/12
Academy of American Poets 
Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living U.S. poet published in the United States during the previous year. A jury of three poets will select the winner. Publishers may...

$25 Poetry $25,000 5/15/13
Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press
Poetry Chapbook Award

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press is given biennially for a poetry chapbook by a U.S. poet. Submit a manuscript of 10 to 20 pages with a $25 entry fee by May 31. Visit...

$25 Poetry $10,000 Publication 5/31/13
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
American Literary Review
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems,...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 10/1/13
Alice James Books
Kinereth Gensler Awards

At least one prize of $2,000, publication by Alice James Books, and a cooperative membership is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet living in New England, New York State, or New Jersey....

$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 10/1/13
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
American Antiquarian Society
Fellowships for Creative Writers

Fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for monthlong residencies at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, to research pre-...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,350 10/5/13
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship
An award of approximately $54,000 is given annually to a U.S. poet for a year of travel and study abroad. Publication is not required, but recent winners have been published poets. Submit two copies of...
$0 Poetry $54,000 10/15/13
American Poetry Review
Honickman First Book Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by American Poetry Review is given annually for a first poetry book. The winning book is distributed by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium. Stephen Dunn...

$25 Poetry $3,000 Publication 10/31/13
American-Scandinavian Foundation
Writing Fellowships and Grants

Fellowships of up to $23,000 and grants of up to $5,000 are given annually for study and research in Scandinavia to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators of literature. For...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $23,000 11/1/13
Autumn House Press
Poetry Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Autumn House Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winning work will also appear in Coal Hill Review online. Michael Simms will judge. Submit a...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/1/13
Academy of American Poets
Walt Whitman Award

A prize of $5,000, publication, and a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen who has not published a book of poems in a standard...

$30 Poetry $5,000 Publication, Residency 12/1/13
American Library Association
W. Y. Boyd Literary Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven copies of books published in 2013 by December 1. There is no...

$0 Fiction $5,000 12/1/13
Alice James Books
Beatrice Hawley Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet residing in the United States. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee ($30...

$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 12/1/13
Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Meringoff Awards

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers journal, Literary Imagination, or its newsletter, Literary Matters...

$45 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 12/1/13
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
Asheville Poetry Review
William Matthews Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to read at Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina. Billy...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/15/14
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
Academy of American Poets
Harold Morton Landon Translation Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually to a U.S. citizen for a translation of a book of poetry from any language into English published in the United States during the previous year. Collaborations by two...

$0 Poetry $1,000 2/15/14
Academy of American Poets
Raiziss/De Palchi Translation Award

A prize of $10,000 is given biennially to a U.S. translator for a book of modern Italian poetry translated into English. Barbara Carle, Luigi Fontanella, and Giuseppe Leporace will judge. Publishers may...

$0 Poetry $10,000 2/15/14
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
Atlanta Review
International Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Atlanta Review is given annually for a poem. Dan Veach will judge. Submit a poem of any length by mail with a $5 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem), or...

$5 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/1/14
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