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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
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
Langum Charitable Trust
David J. Langum Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the previous year. Publishers or authors may submit a book (or bound galleys) published in 2015 by December 1. There...

$0 Fiction $1,000 12/1/15
Livingston Press
Tartt Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Livingston Press, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first collection of short stories by a U.S. citizen. Fiction writers who have not published a short story...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 12/31/15
Lascaux Review
Prize in Short Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee by December 31. Previously published stories are...

$10 Fiction $1,000 Publication 12/31/15
Lascaux Review
Book Prize

Three prizes of $1,000 each will be given annually for a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a novel published during the past two years. Submit a book published in 2014 or 2015 with a $25...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 12/31/15
Literal Latté
K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two stories) by January 15, 2016. All...

$10 Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/15/16
Little Tokyo Historical Society
Short Story Contest

A prize of $500 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website is given annually for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. Submit a story...

$0 Fiction $500 Publication 1/31/16
Library of Virginia
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in the previous year. Books by writers who were born in or are residents of Virginia or, in the case...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 2/12/16
Lake Forest College
Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency

A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at Lake Forest College is given...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 Publication, Residency 3/1/16
Lascaux Review
Flash Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a work of flash fiction. Previously published and unpublished stories are eligible. Submit up to three stories of no...

$10 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
Loft Literary Center
Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 each 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...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 4/1/16
Late Night Library
Debut-litzer Prizes

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

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Reading 4/30/16
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. Sara Pritchard and the editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 22,...

$30 Fiction $1,150 Publication 5/1/16
Lost Horse Press
Idaho Prize for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Lost Horse Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. Gary Lilley will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee ($27.50...
$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/15/16
Leeway Foundation
Transformation Awards
Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $15,000 5/15/16
Lynx House Press
Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Lynx House Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $28 entry fee by May 15. Visit the website for complete...

$28 Poetry $2,000 Publication 5/15/16
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 5,000...

$15 Fiction $1,500 Publication 5/15/16
Literary Arts
Oregon Literary Fellowships
Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. One Women Writers Fellowship and one Writer...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 6/24/16
Ledbury Poetry Festival
Poetry Competition

A prize £1,000 (approximately $1,430) and a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writers' Centre of Wales, is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in...

$7 Poetry $1,430 7/7/16
Literal Latté
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem. Submit up to six poems of no more than 2,000 words each with a $10 entry fee ($15 for up to 10...

$10 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/15/16
Leeway Foundation
Art and Change Grants

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly by the Leeway Foundation to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 8/1/16
Lascaux Review
Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a poem. The winner and finalists will also be published in the 2017 Lascaux Prize Anthology. Submit up to five...

$10 Poetry $1,000 Publication 9/30/16
Literal Latté
Essay Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a personal essay. Submit an essay of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($5 for each additional essay) by September...

$10 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/30/16
Los Angeles Review
Literary Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Julie Marie Wade will judge in poetry, Amy...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 10/1/16

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