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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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Chicago Tribune
Nelson Algren Literary Awards

A prize of $3,500 and publication in the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal is given annually for a short story. Four finalists also receive $1,000, and five runners-up receive $500...

$0 Fiction $3,500 Publication 2/1/14
Converse College
Julia Peterkin Award

A prize of $1,000 and an invitation to read in Converse College's Visiting Writers Series is given in alternating years for a group of poems or a work of fiction. The 2014 award will be given for poetry...

$15 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 2/15/14
Center for Fiction
Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a first novel published in the United States during the current year. Finalists receive $1,000 each. Publishers may submit eight copies of a novel published in...

$50 Fiction $10,000 3/14/14
Caine Prize
Caine Prize

A prize of £10,000 (approximately $15,712) is given annually for a previously published short story by an African writer. Shortlisted candidates will receive £500 (approximately $786) and some travel...

$0 Fiction $15,712 1/31/15
CURA
Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action will be given annually for a short story based on a theme. The theme this year is "Borderlands." Using the online...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 2/28/15
Carolina Wren Press
Lee Smith Novel Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a novel by an author from, living in, or writing about the American South. The editors will judge. Using the online...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/30/15
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. Tayari Jones will judge in fiction; Dinty W. Moore will judge in nonfiction....

$15 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/16
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. Khaled Mattawa will judge in poetry, Joan Silber will judge in fiction, and...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 1/31/16
Caine Prize for African Writing
Caine Prize for African Writing

A prize of £10,000 (approximately $15,400) is given annually for a previously published short story by an African writer. Shortlisted candidates will receive £500 (approximately $770) and some travel...

$0 Fiction $15,400 1/31/16
Colgate University
Olive B. O'Connor Fellowships

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $38,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to a poet and a fiction writer working on their first books....

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $38,500 Reading 2/1/16
Center for Fiction
New York City Emerging Writers Fellowship

Fellowships of $5,000 each, membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and access to writing space is given annually to fiction writers living in New York City who have not yet published a...

$0 Fiction $5,000 2/29/16
Colorado Review
Nelligan Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Gish Jen will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $15 entry fee by March 14. All entries are...

$15 Fiction $2,000 Publication 3/14/16
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 3/31/16
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 4/21/16
Carve Magazine
Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Carve Magazine is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic submissions) by May 15. Visit...

$15 Fiction $1,500 Publication 5/15/16
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