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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 Prize Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon
Rosebud
X. J. Kennedy Award for Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for an essay. Roderick Clark and Robert Wake will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee by August 15....

$10 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 8/15/15
Redivider
Beacon Street Prize

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Redivider will be given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Amy Gerstler will judge in poetry, Alexandra Kleeman will judge in...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/30/16
Ruminate Magazine
Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate Magazine is given annually for a poem. Alice Fulton will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to two poems of no more than 40 lines...

$20 Poetry $1,500 Publication 5/18/16
River Styx
International Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a poem. Heather McHugh will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 14 pages with a $10 entry fee, which...

$10 Poetry $1,500 Publication 5/31/16
Rosebud
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for a short story. Roderick Clark will judge. Submit a previously unpublished story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee,...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 6/15/16
Rattle
Poetry Prize

A prize of $10,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a poem. A Reader's Choice Award of $2,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Submit up to four poems of any length with a $20...

$20 Poetry $10,000 Publication 7/15/16
Red Hen Press
Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

A prize of $3,000, publication by Red Hen Press, and a four-week residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a poetry collection. Afaa Michael Weaver will judge. Submit a manuscript...

$25 Poetry $3,000 Publication, Residency 9/1/16
Red Hen Press
Fiction and Nonfiction Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Red Hen Press are given annually for a short story collection or novel and an essay collection or memoir. Steve Almond will judge in fiction; Pope Brock will...

$20 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/16
Red Mountain Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Mountain Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Sarah Sousa will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $30 entry fee ($28 for electronic...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 9/15/16
Red Hen Press
Quill Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press will be given annually for a book of prose by a queer writer. Celeste Gainey will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story or essay...

$5 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/15/16
Real Simple
Life Lessons Essay Contest

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Real Simple is given annually for an essay on a theme. A second-place prize of $750 and a third-place prize of $500 are also given. The theme this year is "...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $3,000 Publication 9/19/16
River Teeth
Literary Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Andre Dubus III will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 400 pages with a $25...

$25 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 10/15/16
Reed Magazine
Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $15 entry fee, which...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/1/16
Reed Magazine
Gabriele Rico Challenge in Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,333 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a...

$15 Creative Nonfiction $1,333 Publication 11/1/16
Reed Magazine
John Steinbeck Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/16
Rosebud Magazine
William Stafford Award for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for a poem. Lyn Lifshin and John Smelcer will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $12 entry fee by November 10. Visit the...

$12 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/10/16
Ruminate
VanderMey Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit an essay or short memoir of up to 5,500 words with...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/15/16
River Styx
Schlafly Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a short short story. Submit up to three stories of no more than 500 words each with a $10 entry fee, which includes a copy...

$10 Fiction $1,500 Publication 12/31/16
Restless Books
Prize for New Immigrant Writing

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books will be given in alternating years for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction by a first-generation resident of the United States. The 2016 prize...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 Publication 12/31/16

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