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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.

Sponsor and Award Entry Fee Genre Cash Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline
Creative Capital
Artist Grants

Grants of up to $50,000 are offered triennially to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers also receive advisory and development services from Creative Capital. United States...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $50,000 3/1/12
Colgate University
Olive B. O'Connor Fellowships

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $37,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, will be given biennially to a fiction writer and a creative nonfiction writer...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $37,500 Reading 2/1/15
Cleveland Foundation
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that "contribute to our understanding of racism...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 12/31/14
Creative Nonfiction
Walton Sustainability Solutions Best Creative Nonfiction Essay Award

A prize of $10,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction will be given for an essay on the theme “The Human Face of Sustainability.” The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,000 words...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $10,000 Publication 5/31/13
Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua Prize

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year. The winner also receives a weeklong, all-expenses-paid summer residency at Chautauqua...

$75 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $7,500 12/31/14
Center for Documentary Studies
Documentary Essay Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Document and on the Center for Documentary Studies website will be given biennially for an essay that uses documentary methods. The winner will also receive...

$35 Creative Nonfiction $3,000 Publication, Travel and Lodging Expenses 3/2/15
Crab Orchard Review
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a poem of up to five...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 4/21/15
Crazyhorse
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Alberto Ros will judge in poetry; Adam Johnson will judge in fiction;...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 1/31/15
Crab Orchard Review
Special Issue Feature Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in the Summer/Fall issue of Crab Orchard Review will be given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "the...

$23 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/15/13
Carolina Wren Press
Doris Bakwin Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a short story collection, a novel, or a memoir by a woman. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at...
$20 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/14
Creative Nonfiction
Essay Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction is given annually for an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "Waiting." The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,000 words...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/22/14
Chattahoochee Review
Lamar York Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. David James Poissant will judge in fiction; Marcia Aldrich will judge in...

$15 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/15
CutBank
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by CutBank, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The editors will judge. Using the online submission...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
Creative Nonfiction
Short Memoir Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction will be given for a short memoir. The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,000 words with a $20 entry fee (for an additional $5...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/31/14
Cincinnati Review
Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Cincinnati Review will be given annually for a poem and a piece of fiction or creative nonfiction. Don Bogen will judge in poetry; Michael...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/15/14
Cleveland State University
Essay Collection Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center will be given annually for an essay collection. Wayne Koestenbaum will judge. Using the online submission system, submit...

$25 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
Commonwealth Club of California
California Book Awards

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction). Prizes are also given for a first book of fiction and a...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction 12/22/14

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