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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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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
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
Booktrust
BBC National Short Story Award

A prize of £15,000 (approximately $19,790) is given annually for a short story by an author with a prior record of publication in the U.K. A second-place prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,957) is also...

$0 Fiction $19,790 Publication 3/11/13
Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Ernest J. Gaines Award

A prize of $10,000 is given annually to an African American author for a book of fiction published during the previous year. Thomas Beller, Anthony Grooms, Phillip Lopate, Francine Prose, and Patricia...

$0 Fiction $10,000 4/30/13
Bear Deluxe Magazine
Doug Fir Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000, publication in Bear Deluxe Magazine, and a residency of up to 14 weeks at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon is given annually for a short story relating to the...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication, Residency 9/3/13
Bronx Council on the Arts
BRIO 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....

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 1/31/14
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 Poetry Award is given for a poem or...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/14
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 3/31/14
BOA Editions
Short Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a short story collection. Peter Conners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 90 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee by May 31. Visit...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 5/31/14
Bridport Arts Centre
Bridport Prize

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $8,354) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,690) and...

$15 Poetry, Fiction $8,354 Publication 5/31/14
Backwaters Press
Backwaters Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Backwaters Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Patricia Smith will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 60 to 85 pages with...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/31/14
Boulevard
Emerging Poets Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed press. The editors will...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/1/14
Boston Review
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Major Jackson will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20...

$20 Poetry $1,500 Publication 6/2/14
Bitter Oleander Press
Library of Poetry Book Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Original works written in English are eligible. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/16/14
Barrow Street Press
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Denise Duhamel will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28 for...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/14
Bauhan Publishing
May Sarton New Hampshire Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bauhan Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Gary Margolis will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 30. Visit...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/14
Blue Mountain Center
Richard J. Margolis Award
A prize of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction with...
$0 Poetry, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Residency 7/1/14
Bellevue Literary Review
Prizes in Poetry and Prose

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works about health, healing, illness...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/1/14
Bard College
Bard Fiction Prize
A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give at least one public lecture...
$0 Fiction $30,000 7/15/14
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Winners and finalists are invited to read their poems at Beyond Baroque in October. Submit up to four poems of no more than 40 lines each with a $20 entry...

$20 Poetry $1,000 9/1/14
Black Warrior Review
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Richard Siken will judge in poetry, Lily Hoang will judge in...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/14
Bear Deluxe Magazine
Doug Fir Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000, publication in Bear Deluxe Magazine, and a residency of up to 14 weeks at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon is given annually for a short story relating to the...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication, Residency 9/2/14
Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

A prize of $10,000 is given annually to an emerging African American author for a short story collection or novel. Thomas Beller, Anthony Grooms, Elizabeth Nunez, Francine Prose, and Patricia Towers will...

$0 Fiction $10,000 10/1/14
Boston Review
Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a short story. Ruth Ozeki will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a six-...

$20 Fiction $1,500 Publication 10/1/14
Black Balloon Publishing
Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Black Balloon Publishing will be given annually for a short story collection or a novel. The editors will judge. Submit an unpublished manuscript of at least 50,000...

$0 Fiction $5,000 Publication 10/31/14
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