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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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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
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Fellowships in Poetry and Prose

Fellowships ranging from $7,000 to $12,000 each are awarded biennially to New Jersey poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to support new work. Full-time New Jersey residents who are...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $7,000 7/15/11
New York Foundation for the Arts
Artists' Fellowships

Grants of $7,000 are given triennially to New York State fiction writers. Writers who have lived in New York State for two years or more, are at least 25 years of age, and are not enrolled in a degree-...

$0 Fiction $7,000 12/15/11
North Carolina Arts Council
Writers’ Fellowships

Fellowships of $10,000 each are given biennially to North Carolina poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and literary translators. Applicants must have lived in North Carolina for at least...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 11/1/12
National Poetry Review Press
Rousseau Prize for Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press, in collaboration with Dream Horse Press, will be given annually for a collection of poetry or flash fiction. Profits from entry fees...

$30 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/15/13
North Carolina Writers Network
Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story. The winning story is considered for publication in Thomas Wolfe Review. Submit two copies of a story of up to 12 pages with a $25 entry fee...

$25 Fiction $1,000 1/30/14
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 an essay. Brian Oliu will judge in poetry; Christopher Merkner will judge in prose. Submit up...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/14
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 work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place prize...

$22 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 3/31/14
Northern Colorado Writers
Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Pooled Ink, the Northern Colorado Writers anthology, will be given annually for a short story. Seth Brady Tucker will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/14
Nimrod International Journal
Nimrod Literary Awards

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for works of poetry and short fiction. The winners also receive transportation and lodging to attend...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $2,000 Publication 4/30/14
Noemi Press
Book Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Noemi Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a novel or short story collection. The editors will judge. Submit up to 70 pages of poetry or a...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 4/30/14
National Book Foundation
National Book Awards
Three prizes of $10,000 each are awarded annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United States during the...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 5/15/14
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 $...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 5/18/14
New England Poetry Club
Daniel Varoujan Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem in honor of Daniel Varoujan, an Armenian poet killed in the genocide in Turkey in 1915. Submit a poem with a $10 entry fee by May 31. Send an SASE, e-mail,...

$10 Poetry $1,000 5/31/14
Nowhere
Travel Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere will be given annually for a fiction or nonfiction story by a writer with "a powerful sense of place in their writing." Sam Moulton will judge....

$15 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 6/15/14
Northern Colorado Writers
Creative Nonfiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Northern Colorado Writers anthology Pooled Ink is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Laura Pritchett will judge. Submit an essay or...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 6/30/14
National Poetry Review Press
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. C. J. Sage will judge. Submit a manuscript of 45 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 30....

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/14
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website is given annually for a poem that explores "positive visions of peace and the human spirit." Submit two copies of up to three...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/1/14
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 7/15/14
Narrative
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem or group of poems. The poetry editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $...

$22 Poetry $1,500 Publication 7/20/14
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...

$22 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 7/31/14
New York Public Library
Cullman Center Fellowships

Up to 15 fellowships will be 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...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $70,000 Office, library access 9/26/14
New Criterion
Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by St. Augustine's Press is given annually for a poetry collection that pays close attention to form. Roger Kimball, Alan Shapiro, and David Yezzi will judge. Submit a...

$25 Poetry $3,000 Publication 9/30/14
New Issues Poetry & Prose
Green Rose Prize
A prize of $2,000 and publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose is given annually for a poetry collection. Poets who have published at least one book-length collection of poetry are eligible. Submit a...
$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 9/30/14
Northern Colorado Writers
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Pooled Ink, the Northern Colorado Writers anthology, is given annually for a poem. Lisa Zimmerman will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 250...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 9/30/14
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