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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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Munster Literature Centre
Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

A prize of 25,000 euros (approximately $33,400) is given annually for a published short story collection. The winner also will give a reading at the Cork International Short Story Festival in September....

$0 Fiction $33,400 Reading 3/12/13
Milkweed Editions
Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet currently residing in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. Submit a book-...

$0 Poetry $10,000 Publication 1/31/15
Malahat Review
Long Poem Prize

Two prizes of $1,000 Canadian (approximately $879) each and publication in Malahat Review will be given biennially for a single long poem. Evan Jones, Anita Lahey, and Alice Major will judge....

$40 Poetry $1,000 Publication 2/1/15
Montreal International Poetry Prize
Montreal International Poetry Prize

A prize of $20,000 Canadian (approximately $15,800) and publication in Global Poetry Anthology is given biennially for a poem. Eavan Boland will judge. Using the online submission system, submit...

$20 Poetry $20,000 Publication 5/15/15
Munster Literature Center
Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,120), publication in Southword, and a weeklong residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, is given annually for a poem. The winner...

$6 Poetry $1,120 Reading, Publication, Residency 11/30/15
Morehead State University
Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by an Appalachian writer. The winner is invited to give a reading in October at Morehead State University....

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading 12/7/15
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women

Grants of up to $1,500 are given twice yearly to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants will be awarded to...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 12/31/15
Mississippi Review
Mississippi Review Prize

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Current or former University of Southern Mississippi students are ineligible....

$15 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/1/16
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Artist Fellowships

Up to seven grants of $12,000 each are given biennially to Massachusetts fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers. Up to seven finalists will also receive $1,000 grants. Using the online...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $12,000 1/25/16
Moment Magazine
Moment Magazine–Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and possible publication in Moment is given annually for a short story with Jewish subject matter. Submit a story of up to 7,000 words with a $15 entry fee by January 29. All...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/29/16
Main Street Rag
Poetry Book Award

A prize of $1,200, publication by Main Street Rag, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors and previous winners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84...

$25 Poetry $1,200 Publication 1/31/16
Memphis
Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Memphis magazine is given annually for a short story by a writer living within 150 miles of Memphis, Tennessee. Submit a story of 3,000 to 4,500 words with a...

$10 Fiction $1,000 Publication 2/1/16
Malahat Review
Novella Prize

A prize of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,140) and publication in Malahat Review will be given biennially for a novella. Mark Anthony Jarman, Stephen Marche, and Joan Thomas will judge....

$40 Fiction $1,500 Publication 2/1/16
Mississippi Arts Commission
Literary Artist Fellowships

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in poetry and fiction....

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 3/1/16
Marsh Hawk Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Mark Doty will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 30. Send an SASE...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/30/16
Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. Writers enrolled in a degree-...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 5/5/16
Munster Literature Center
Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,110) and publication by the Munster Literature Center will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 16 to 24 pages with a €25 entry fee (...

$28 Poetry $1,110 Publication 5/31/16
Mexico
FIL Prize in Romance Languages
A prize of $150,000 is given annually to honor a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who writes in Catalan, French, Galician, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, or Spanish. The prize is...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $150,000 6/22/16
Mark Twain House & Museum
Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a humorous short story or essay. Excerpts of the winning piece will be published on the Mark Twain House & Museum website. Using the online submission system,...

$23 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 7/10/16
Masters Review
Short Story Award for New Writers

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by a writer who has not published a novel (writers who have published story collections are eligible...

$20 Fiction $2,000 Publication 7/15/16
Munster Literature Centre
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,260) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a...

$17 Fiction $2,260 Publication 7/31/16
Malahat Review
Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 Canadian (approximately $780) and publication in Malahat Review is given annually for an essay. Submit an essay of 2,000 to 3,000 words with a $40 entry fee, which includes a...

$40 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 8/1/16
Manchester Metropolitan University
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of £10,000 (approximately $12,900) each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The winners will be invited to attend an award ceremony in Manchester, England, in November....

$23 Poetry, Fiction $12,900 9/23/16
Mad River Books
Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Mad River Books, the literary trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a poetry collection. Kathy Fagan will judge. Using the online...

$28 Poetry $2,500 Publication 9/30/16
Missouri Review
Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize

Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or up to 8,500 words of prose...

$22 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Publication 10/1/16
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