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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.

Sponsor and Award Entry Fee Genre Cash Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline
New York Public Library
Cullman Center Fellowships

Up to 15 fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the New York Public Library...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $70,000 9/30/16
National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships

Grants of $25,000 each are awarded in alternating years to poets and prose writers. This year grants will be awarded to poets. Poets who have published either a full-length collection of poetry of at...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $25,000 3/9/16
National Endowment for the Arts
Translation Fellowships

Grants of $12,500 and $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in collaboration, at least 20 pages of...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $12,500 12/8/15
National Book Foundation
National Book Awards
Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United States during the previous year....
$135 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 5/15/16
New Hampshire State Council on the Arts 
Individual Artist Fellowships

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given every three years to New Hampshire poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. New Hampshire residents who are not enrolled full-time in a degree-...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 1/31/11
Narrative
Spring Story Contest

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place...

$24 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 7/31/16
Narrative
Winter Story Contest

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-...

$23 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 3/31/16
Narrative
Fall Story Contest

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A second-place prize of $1,000 and...

$23 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 11/30/15
New Letters
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit three to six poems or up to 8,000 words of prose with a $...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 5/18/16
Narrative
30 Below Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30...

$24 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/9/16
New Rivers Press
Many Voices Project Competition

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by New Rivers Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an emerging writer. Using the online submission...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 11/15/16
New South
Writing Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Anya Silver will judge in poetry; Matthew Salesses will judge in prose. Using the...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/15/16
Northern Colorado Writers
Top of the Mountain Book Award

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a novel and a book of creative nonfiction. The manuscript does not need to be completed at the time of entry, but the final word count should be at least...

$25 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 2/1/16
New Ohio Review
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Tony Hoagland will judge in poetry, Charles Johnson...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/15/16
North Carolina Writers' Network
Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Ecotone will be given annually for an essay that "is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians." Kate Sweeney will...

$12 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/15/16
Nowhere Magazine
Travel Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." Porter Fox will judge. Unpublished and...

$20 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 6/1/16
New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal's website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay that have...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/31/16
North Carolina Humanities Council
Linda Flowers Literary Award

A prize of $500 and a weeklong residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina, is given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction that...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 Residency 7/15/15

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