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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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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
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/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
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
Public Poetry
ARTlines2 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 will be given triennially for an ekphrastic poem inspired by a piece of art selected by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The winner and runners-up will be invited to a reading and...

$16 Poetry $1,000 Publication, Reading 11/30/14
PRISM
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 Canadian (approximately $879) and publication in PRISM will be given annually for a poem. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $40 entry fee ($5 for each additional...

$40 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/23/15
PRISM
Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $2,000 Canadian (approximately $1,758) and publication in PRISM will be given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $40 entry fee ($5 for each...

$40 Fiction $2,000 Publication 1/23/15
Playboy
College Fiction Contest

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

$5 Fiction $3,000 Publication 2/13/15
Persea Books
Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a first poetry collection by a woman who is a U.S. citizen. The winner also receives a six-week, all-expenses-paid residency at the...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/31/15
Poetry Society of the United Kingdom
National Poetry Competition

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $7,750) and publication in Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in the United Kingdom. A...

$10 Poetry $7,750 Publication 10/31/15
Perugia Press
Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a woman. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 85 pages with a $26 entry fee by November 15. Send an...
$26 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/15
Pushcart Press
Editors' Book Award

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

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 11/15/15
Pleiades Press
Lena–Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. The winner is also invited to read at...

$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 11/15/15
Pleiades Press
Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press will be given annually for a collection of short stories, flash fiction, essays, or lyric essays...

$25 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 11/15/15
PRISM
Creative Nonfiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,125) and publication in PRISM is given annually for an essay. Submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $40 entry fee by November 20. All entries...

$40 Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/20/15
Poetry International
C. P. Cavafy Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem) by...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/23/15
Pushcart Press
Pushcart Prizes

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

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Publication 12/1/15
PEN New England
PEN/Hemingway Award

A prize of $20,000 is given annually 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...

$50 Fiction $20,000 12/1/15
Permafrost
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Alaska Press will be given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. The 2016 prize will be given for a book of nonfiction;...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 12/1/15
Publishing Triangle
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction from an LGBT point of view and a first book of fiction by an LGBT author. Two prizes of $1,000 each are also given for books of creative...

$35 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 12/8/15
Poetry Society of America
Robert H. Winner Memorial Award

A prize of $2,500 and publication of a poem on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Submit two copies of 10 to 15 pages of...

$15 Poetry $2,500 Publication 12/22/15
Poetry Society of America
Chapbook Fellowships

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Poetry Society of America are given annually for poetry chapbooks by poets who have not published a full-length collection. Two fellowships are given to...

$12 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/22/15
PEN Center USA
Literary Awards

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

$35 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 12/31/15
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 1/15/16
PRISM
Poetry and Short Fiction Contests

Two prizes of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,140) each and publication in PRISM are given annually for a poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems of any length or a short story of up...

$40 Poetry, Fiction $1,500 Publication 1/15/16
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