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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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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
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 2013...
$50 Fiction $10,000 3/15/13
Crook’s Corner Book Prize Foundation
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a debut novel published in the United States in the preceding two years and set in the American South. The winner will also be entitled to receive a free...

$25 Fiction $1,000 6/30/13
Chariton Review
Short Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Chariton Review is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue,...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 9/30/13
Cutthroat
Poetry and Fiction Awards

Two awards of $1,250 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. T. R. Hummer will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award, and Pam Houston will judge...

$17 Poetry, Fiction $1,250 Publication 10/15/13
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
Lee Smith Novel Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press will be 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 11/30/13
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 12/16/13
Civil War Institute
Michael Shaara Book Prize

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel about the Civil War published during the previous year to "encourage fresh approaches to Civil War fiction." Publishers, critics, and authors may submit...

$0 Fiction $5,000 12/31/13
Cleveland Foundation
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

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

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 12/31/13
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 the...

$75 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $7,500 12/31/13
Chattahoochee Review
Lamar York Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Submit a story or essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which...

$15 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/14
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. C. D. Wright will judge in poetry; Amy Hempel will judge in fiction; and...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 1/31/14
Center for Fiction
New York City Emerging Writers Fellowship

Fellowships of $4,000 each, membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and unlimited access to the center's Writers' Studio is given annually to fiction writers living in New York City who...

$0 Fiction $4,000 1/31/14
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
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