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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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Bethesda Literary Festival
Writing Contests

Two prizes of $500 each will be given annually for a short story and an essay. The winning short story and essay will be published in Bethesda Magazine. Residents of Maryland's Montgomery county...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 Publication 1/23/15
Brown University
International Writers Project Fellowship

A fellowship, including a stipend of $45,000, is given annually to an established international poet or fiction writer "who is unable to practice free expression in his or her homeland." The fellowship...

$0 Poetry, Fiction $45,000 2/15/15
Booth
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Booth will be given annually for a single poem. Ellen Bryant Voigt will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $10 entry fee, which includes a copy of the...

$10 Poetry $1,000 Publication 2/15/15
Bear Star Press
Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bear Star Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a writer residing in a state west of the central time zone. The editors will judge. Using the online...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/15
BOA Editions
A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a first book of poetry by a U.S. resident. Jericho Brown will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

$25 Poetry $1,500 Publication 11/30/15
Bright Hill Press
Poetry Book Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bright Hill Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $25 entry fee by November 30. All entries...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/15
Burnside Review Press
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Burnside Review Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Mary Szybist will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/15
Bronx Council on the Arts
BRIO Artist Awards

Grants of $3,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who reside in the Bronx in New York City. Winners must complete a one-time public service activity as...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 12/2/15
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Literary Awards

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African American writer published in...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 12/18/15
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Self-Publishing Literary Awards

Two prizes of $500 each will be given annually for a poetry e-book and a fiction e-book by an African American writer self-published in the United States during the previous year. The awards honor books...

$0 Poetry, Fiction $500 12/18/15
Before Columbus Foundation
American Book Awards
Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year that make contributions to American multicultural literature. Submit two copies of a book or galley published in...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction 12/31/15
Boulevard
Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a nationally distributed book. The editors will judge. Submit a story of up...

$15 Fiction $1,500 Publication 12/31/15
Biographers International Organization
Rowley Prize

A prize of $2,000 will be given biennially for a biography proposal by a writer who has not yet published a biography. The winner will also be considered for representation by a participating literary...

$50 Creative Nonfiction $2,000 12/31/15
BkMk Press
Ciardi/Chandra Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 110 pages of poetry or 125 to 300 pages of...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/15/16
Black Lawrence Press
Big Moose Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 90 to 1,000...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/16
Balcones Center for Creative Writing
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three copies of a book published in 2015 (...

$0 Poetry, Fiction $1,500 1/31/16
Binghamton University
Book Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry collection of at least 48 pages....

$0 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 3/1/16
Broadside Lotus Press
Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award

A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript between 60 to 90 pages between January 2...

$0 Poetry $500 Publication 3/1/16
Bellingham Review
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for Poetry is given for a poem...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/16
Black Lawrence Press
Hudson Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system,...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
Banipal Trust for Arab Literature
Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $4,470) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English and published for the first time in English during the previous year....

$0 Poetry, Fiction $4,470 3/31/16
Bosque Press
Bosque Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in bosque is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt by a writer over the age of 40. Lynne Stegner will judge. Using the online submission system,...

$22 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge
Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that "illuminates the heritage of America's mid-continental prairies." Authors and...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 4/30/16
Breakwater Review
Peseroff Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a single poem. Jill McDonough will judge. Submit three poems of any length with a $10 entry fee by May 15. All...

$10 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/15/16
Breakwater Review
Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review will be given annually for a story. Askold Melnyczuk will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $10 entry fee by May 15. All...

$10 Fiction $1,000 Publication 5/15/16
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