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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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Lambda Literary Foundation
Debut Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for debut books of fiction by LGBT writers published in the current year. Submit four copies of a first novel or a short story collection (or bound galleys)...

$35 Fiction $1,000 12/1/12
Literal Latté
K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. All entries are considered for publication. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words...

$10 Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/15/13
Literal Latte
K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Lattéis given for a short story. All entries are considered for publication. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two...

$10 Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/15/13
Loft Literary Center
Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant

Grants of up to $10,000 will be given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one year. Writers who have published no...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 10000 3/27/13
Late Night Library
Debut-litzer Award

Three prizes of $1,000 each will be given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published in the previous year. In addition, the winners will be featured on the Late Night...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 5/31/13
Literal Latté
K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two stories) by...

$10 Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/15/14
Lake Forest College
Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency

A prize of $10,000 and a two-month residency at Lake Forest College is given in alternating years to an emerging poet or prose writer to complete an innovative work-in-progress. This year the residency...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 Residency 3/1/14
Lambda Literary Foundation
Outstanding Midcareer Novelists' Prizes

Two prizes of $5,000 each are given annually to LGBT novelists in midcareer who have published at least three novels or two novels in addition to books of poetry, short stories, or essays. Submit four...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 3/3/14
Loft Literary Center
Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one year. Writers who have published no more...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 3/28/14
Late Night Library
Debut-litzer Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of fiction published in the previous year. The winners will also be featured on the Late Night Library podcast series. Authors...

$28 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 4/30/14
Leapfrog Press
Fiction Award

A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or a novella. Mark Brazaitis and the editors will judge. Using the online submission system,...

$30 Fiction $1,150 Publication 5/1/14
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Cutthroat is given annually for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation over 5,...

$15 Fiction $1,500 Publication 5/15/14
Leeway Foundation
Transformation Awards
Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and Two-Spirit poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia area who have been...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $15,000 5/15/14
Literary Arts
Oregon Literary Fellowships
Fellowships of $2,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. In addition, one Women Writers Fellowship of...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 6/27/14
Leeway Foundation
Art and Change Grants

Grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly by the Leeway Foundation to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and Two-Spirit poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 8/1/14
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