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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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Potomac Review
Annual Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Potomac Review is given biennially for a poem. The award rotates annually between poetry and fiction. All entries are considered for publication. Using the...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 2/1/12
Passages North
Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a short story and a short short story. For the Waasmode Short Fiction Prize, submit a story of up to 7,500...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/12
Poets & Writers, Inc.
California Writers Exchange Contest

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded every three years to a poet and a fiction writer living in California. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid, weeklong trip to New York City to meet with...

$0 Poetry, Fiction $500 Reading 8/31/12
Pushcart Press
Editors’ Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or creative nonfiction manuscript that has been submitted to but not accepted by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes “worthy manuscripts...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 11/15/12
Publishing Triangle
Triangle Awards

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a first book of fiction by an LGBT author published in the United States or Canada during the current year. Two prizes of $1,000 each are also given for books of...

$35 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 12/6/12
Posen Foundation
International Fellowship for Scholars and Writers

A two-year fellowship of $40,000 ($20,000 per year) will be given annually for a work-in-progress of fiction written in English or Hebrew. Writers who have not yet published a book are eligible. Submit...

$0 Fiction $40,000 Residency 1/15/13
PEN American Center
PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants

Grants of $2,000 to $4,000 each are given annually to support the translation of book-length works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that have not previously appeared in English or have...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $4,000 2/1/13
PEN American Center
PEN Open Book Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book-length work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer of color published in the United States during the previous year. Authors may be of any...

$50 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 2/1/13
Playboy
College Fiction Contest

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Playboy will be given annually for a short story. Fiction writers currently enrolled in college are eligible. Using the online submissions manager, submit a...

$5 Fiction $3,000 Publication 2/15/13
Pushcart Press
Editors' Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or creative nonfiction manuscript that has been submitted to but not accepted by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes "worthy manuscripts...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 11/15/13
Poets & Writers, Inc.
Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to give a reading and meet with...

$0 Poetry, Fiction $500 Reading 12/1/13
Pushcart Press
Pushcart Prizes

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for poetry, fiction, and essays published by literary magazines or small presses during the previous year....

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Publication 12/1/13
Publishing Triangle
Literary Awards

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a first book of fiction by an LGBT author published in the United States or Canada during the previous year. Two prizes of $1,000 each are also given for books of...

$35 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 12/5/13
PEN American Center
PEN Translation Prize
A prize of $3,000 is given annually for a book-length translation of prose from any language into English, published in the United States during the previous year. Translators may be of any nationality....
$50 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 12/16/13
PEN American Center
PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize

A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a debut novel or short story collection published in the United States during the previous year. Writers must be U.S. residents. Submit three copies of a book...

$50 Fiction $25,000 12/16/13
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