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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
Poetry Society of America
Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Poetry Society of America is given annually to a manuscript-in-progress of poetry. Previously published work may be included. Submit a manuscript of up to 15...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/22/12
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/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 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
Persea Books
Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published at least one book of poetry. The winner also receives a residency of two to...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication, Residency 3/1/13
Passages North
Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given biennially for a poem or group of poems. Aimee Nezhukumatathil will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee by March 22. Visit the website for complete guidelines...

$15 Poetry $1,000 3/22/13
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
Poetry Foundation
Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowships

Five fellowships of $15,000 each are given annually to emerging poets. Writers who are U.S. citizens between the ages of 21 and 31 as of March 31 are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit...

$0 Poetry $15,000 3/31/13
Pearl Editions
Pearl Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Pearl Editions is given annually for a poetry collection. Fred Voss will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 30. Send an SASE or...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/13
Pavement Saw Press
Transcontinental Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Pavement Saw Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Poets who have not published more than one collection, or who have...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 8/15/13
PEN American Center
PEN Award for Poetry in Translation
A prize of $3,000 is given annually for a book-length translation of poetry from any language into English, published in the United States during the previous year. Translators may be of any nationality....
$50 Poetry $3,000 12/16/13
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
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 American Center
PEN/Open Book Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for book-length work of any genre by a writer of color published in the United States during the previous year. Writers may be of any nationality, and must not have...

$50 $5,000 12/16/13
PEN New England
Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award
A prize of $10,000 is given for a debut novel or short story collection published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives a residency fellowship at the Ucross Foundation in...
$40 Fiction $10,000 12/31/13
PEN American Center
PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction

A prize of $25,000 and publication by Algonquin Books is given biennially for a novel that addresses social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. U.S. writers who have...

$25 Fiction $25,000 Publication 1/15/14
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
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