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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 Center
Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize

A prize of 1,000 euros (approximately $1,290) and publication in Southword is given annually for a poem. The winner also receives some travel expenses, as well as lodging and meals, to give a...

$7 Poetry $1,290 Publication, Reading 12/15/12
Moment
Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Moment is given annually for a short story with Jewish subject matter. All entries are considered for publication. Submit a story of up to 7,000 words with a...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 12/31/12
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
Milton Center
Postgraduate Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, including a $16,000 stipend, is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. Writers who are U.S. citizens and have...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $16,000 Residency 3/15/13
Mudfish
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Mudfish is given annually for a single poem. Charles Simic will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $15 entry fee ($3 for each additional...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/15/13
Montreal International Poetry Prize
Montreal International Poetry Prize

A prize of $20,000 and publication in the Global Poetry Anthology will be given annually for a poem. Don Paterson will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a poem of up to 40 lines...

$25 Poetry $20,000 Publication 5/15/13
Munster Literature Centre
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,600) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a...

$20 Fiction $2,600 Publication 7/31/13
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 December 31. All...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 12/31/13
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Artist Fellowships

Grants of $10,000 each are given biennially to Massachusetts fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of prose by January 27. There is no...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 1/27/14
Madison Review
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Madison Review are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The editors of Madison Review will judge. For the Phyllis...

$10 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 2/1/14
Marsh Hawk Press
Poetry Prize

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

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/30/14
Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships

A fellowship of $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 two years. Using the online submission system,...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 5/2/14
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 6/22/14
Matrix Magazine
Lit POP Awards

Two prizes valued at $2,000 each will be given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The winners will receive $100, publication in Matrix Magazine, and transportation and lodging to...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $2,000 6/30/14
Munster Literature Centre
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,753) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a...

$21 Fiction $2,753 Publication 7/31/14
Manchester Metropolitan University
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of £10,000 (approximately $16,592) each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Submit three to five poems, totaling no more than 120 lines, or a story of up to 2,500 words...

$28 Poetry, Fiction $16,592 8/29/14
Missouri Review
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 25 pages of prose...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Publication 10/1/14
Mid-American Review
Poetry and Fiction Contests

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mid-American Review are given annually for a single poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems for the James Wright Poetry Award or a short...

$10 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/14
Measure Press
Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry is given annually for a sonnet. R. S. Gwynn will judge. Submit a sonnet with a $3 entry fee by November 15. Send an SASE...

$3 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/14
Munster Literature Center
Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,339), publication in Southword, and a weeklong residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, is given annually for a poem. The winner...

$7 Poetry $1,339 Reading, Publication, Residency 11/30/14
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. Authors and publishers may submit five copies of a book of poetry or prose by December...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 12/5/14
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women

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

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 12/31/14
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 December 31. All...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 12/31/14
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 1/1/15
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 1/31/15
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