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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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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
PEN Northwest
Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency

A seven-month residency from April to October, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer to live and work at the Dutch Henry...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Residency 3/1/16
Poetry International
Poetry International Prize

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

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/1/16
Passaic County Community College
Paterson Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a novel or short story collection published in the previous year. Publishers may submit two copies of a book published in 2015 by April 1. There is no entry fee....

$0 Fiction $1,000 4/1/16
Passaic County Community College
Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review will be given annually for a poem. Submit four copies of up to five poems of no more than two pages each with an $18 entry fee by...

$18 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/1/16
Passages North
Literary Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a short story and a work of flash fiction or nonfiction. Submit a story of up to 7,500 words or a piece of...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/15/16
Press 53
Prime Number Magazine Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Kelly Cherry will judge in poetry, and Taylor Brown will judge in fiction....

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/15/16
Pen Parentis
Writing Fellowship for New Parents

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Brain, Child is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The winner also receives an invitation to give a reading...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Reading, Publication 4/18/16
Poetry Foundation
Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships

Five fellowships of $25,800 each are given annually to emerging poets. Writers who are U.S. residents or citizens between the ages of 21 and 31 as of April 30 are eligible. Using the online submission...

$0 Poetry $25,800 4/30/16
Pleiades Press
Editors Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to read at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. The editors will...

$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 5/1/16
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 or self-published a book...

$24 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/15/16
Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society
William Faulkner–Wisdom Competition

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a novel. A prize of $2,000 is given for a book of nonfiction, and three prizes of $1,500 each are also given for a short story, a novella, and a novel-in-progress...

$40 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $7,500 5/15/16
Philadelphia Stories
Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Philadelphia Stories is given annually for a short story. The winner will also receive travel and lodging expenses to read at Rosemont College in October....

$12 Fiction $2,000 Publication 6/15/16
Parlor Press
New Measure Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Parlor Press in the Free Verse Editions series is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 54 pages...

$28 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/16
Press 53
Award for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Press 53 is given annually for a poetry collection. Tom Lombardo will judge. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 120 pages with a $30 entry fee by July 31. Visit the website...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/31/16
PEN Center USA
Emerging Voices Fellowships

Five fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. The fellowships are given to writers who are "isolated from the literary...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 8/1/16
phren-Z
Morton Marcus Poetry Contest

Sponsored in collaboration with Santa Cruz Writes, a prize of $1,000 and publication in phren-Z is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at the seventh annual...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 9/1/16
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 10/1/16
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 or resident. The winner also receives a six-week, all-expenses-paid...
$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/31/16
Poetry Society of the United Kingdom
National Poetry Competition

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $6,450) and publication on the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom's website is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £2,000 (approximately $2,580) and a...

$8 Poetry $6,450 Publication 10/31/16
PEN/Faulkner Foundation
Award For Fiction

A prize of $15,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the current year. Four finalists will each receive $5,000. The winner and finalists will also be invited to read at the Folger...

$0 Fiction $15,000 10/31/16
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 45 to 85 pages with a $26 entry fee by November 15. Send an...
$26 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/16
Pushcart Press
Editors' Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been rejected by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes "worthy manuscripts that have been overlooked by...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 11/15/16
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 is given annually for a collection of short stories, flash fiction, essays, or lyric essays....

$25 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 11/15/16
Philadelphia Stories
Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Philadelphia Stories will be given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to an awards event in Philadelphia. Lamont B. Steptoe will judge....

$12 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/15/16
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