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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
Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year....

$50 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 6/14/14
PEN American Center
PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction

A prize of $10,000 is given biennially for a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective. Submit three copies of a book published in 2011 or 2012...

$50 Creative Nonfiction $10,000 2/1/13
PEN American Center
PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for an essay collection published in the United States during the previous year. Writers must be permanent U.S. residents or American citizens. Submit three copies of...

$50 Creative Nonfiction $10,000 12/16/13
PEN American Center
PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a book of literary nonfiction on the subject of physical or biological sciences published during the previous year. Writers must be permanent U.S. residents or...

$50 Creative Nonfiction $10,000 12/16/13
PEN Northwest
Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency

A seven-month residency, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, is given biennially to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer to live and work at the Dutch Henry Homestead near the Rogue...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Residency 3/1/14
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
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 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
Pressgang
Pressgang Prize

A prize of $1,500, publication by Pressgang, and a reading at Butler University will be given annually for book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The editorial board will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

$25 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Reading, Publication 5/31/14
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
PEN Center USA
Literary Awards

Prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation published in 2013 by authors residing west of the Mississippi River. The winners will also...

$35 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 12/31/13
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
PEN Center USA
Emerging Voices Fellowships

Fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who lack access to financial and creative support. Each fellow participates in an eight-...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 8/11/14
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
Passages North
Thomas J. Hruska Memorial Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given biennially for an essay. Elena Passarello will judge. Submit an essay of up to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by March 22. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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$15 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 3/22/13
Ploughshares
Emerging Writer’s Contest

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are...

$24 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/2/13
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
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
Passages North
Literary Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a short story and a short short story, essay, or prose poem. For the Waasnode Short Fiction Prize, submit a...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/14
Ploughshares
Emerging Writer's Contest

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are...

$24 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/15/14
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

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