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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
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. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/13
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 65 pages with a $25 entry fee by November 30. All entries...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/13
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. Submit a manuscript...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/13
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. citizen. David St. John will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

$25 Poetry $1,500 Publication 11/30/13
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 and published...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 12/13/13
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 published in 2013 by...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction 12/31/13
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 12/31/13
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 1/15/14
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
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 2013 (...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,500 1/31/14
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 1/31/14
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 2/15/14
Banipal Trust for Arab Literature
Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $4,856) 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 $4,856 2/28/14
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 3/1/14
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
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