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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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Stanford University Libraries
William Saroyan International Prize

Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for works of fiction and creative nonfiction. The awards, cosponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, are “intended...

$50 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 1/31/12
Shenandoah
Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Writers

A prize of $500 and publication in Shenandoah is given annually for a poem by a writer born or residing in Virginia. Submit up to three poems by November 15. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE...

$0 Poetry $500 Publication 11/15/12
San José State University
Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing

A one-year residency at San José State University, which includes a stipend of $10,000, is given annually to a fiction writer or a creative nonfiction writer. The resident will give one public reading...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 Reading, Residency 1/2/13
Stadler Center for Poetry
Philip Roth Residence

A four-month residency, including a $4,000 stipend, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer. The 2013 Philip...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $4,000 Residency 2/1/13
Summer Literary Seminars
Unified Literary Contest

Three prizes, valued at $5,200 each, to attend the Summer Literary Seminars program in Lithuania or Kenya are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer. The prizes...

$17 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,200 Publication, Residency 2/28/13
Shenandoah
Bevel Summers Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Shenandoah's online issue is given annually for a short short story. Submit two copies of up to three stories of no more than 1,000 words each with a $3...

$3 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/13
Sherwood Anderson Foundation
Fiction Award

A prize of approximately $15,000 is given annually to an emerging fiction writer. Writers who have published up to two books of fiction or a number of stories in literary journals are eligible. Submit a...

$100 Fiction $15,000 4/1/13
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Vern Cowles Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Cape Rock will be given annually for a group of poems. Susan Swartwout will judge. Submit three poems of 120 lines or less, with a $20 entry fee by April 1....

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/1/13
Spoon River Poetry Review
Editors’ Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Spoon River Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit two copies of up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry fee, which...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/15/13
St. Francis College
Literary Prize

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially for a third, fourth, or fifth published work of fiction. Self-published books and English translations are eligible. Peter Cameron, Kate Christensen, and Jonathan...

$0 Fiction $50,000 5/1/13
Sow’s Ear Press
Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Sow’s Ear Press with distribution to Sow’s Ear Poetry Review subscribers is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also receives 25 author copies....

$27 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/1/13
Sonia Raiziss-Giop Foundation
Bordighera Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000 and bilingual publication by Bordighera Press is given annually for a poetry collection written in English to be translated into Italian. The prize is evenly divided between the poet,...

$0 Poetry $2,000 Publication 5/31/13
Southern Indiana Review
Thomas A. Wihelmus Editors’ Award

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. All entries are considered for publication. Submit an essay of up to 35 pages...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 6/1/13
Santa Fe Writers Project
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 are given annually for works of fiction and creative nonfiction. David Morrell will judge in fiction, and Lee Gutkind will judge in creative nonfiction. Submit a manuscript of any...

$30 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 7/15/13
Schaffner Press
Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press will be given annually for a work of fiction or creative nonfiction that "deals in some way with the subject of music and its influence." Submit a...

$25 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/13
Southwest Review
Morton Marr Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a poem or a group of poems by a writer who has not published a book of poetry. Submit up to six poems in a traditional...

$5 Poetry $1,000 Publication 9/30/13
Southern Indiana Review
Mary C. Mohr Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a work of fiction. This year's award is given in fiction. Stuart Dybek will judge. Submit a short...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $2,000 Publication 10/1/13
Silverfish Review Press
Gerald Cable Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first book of poetry. Poets who have not published a book-length poetry collection may submit a...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/15/13
South Carolina Arts Commission
Artist Fellowships

Two fellowships of $5,000 each are given biennially to a poet and a writer of fiction or creative nonfiction. Writers who have been residents of South Carolina for two years prior to the application...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 11/1/13
Sow's Ear Poetry Review
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sow's Ear Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. T. R. Hummer will judge. Submit up to five poems with a $27 entry fee, which includes a subscription to...

$27 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/1/13
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Nilsen Literary Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, a novella, or a collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who has not yet published a...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/13
Shenandoah
Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia poets

A prize of $500 and publication in Shenandoah is given annually for a single poem by a writer born or residing in Virginia. Submit up to three poems and a brief biographical statement confirming...

$0 Poetry $500 Publication 11/15/13
Slipstream Press
Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by Slipstream Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 40 pages with a $20 entry fee, which...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/1/13
Stanford University
Wallace Stegner Fellowships

Two-year fellowships, five in poetry and five in fiction, are given annually to allow emerging writers to develop their craft in workshops with senior faculty members at Stanford University. Each...

$75 Poetry, Fiction $26,000 12/1/13
Society of Classical Poets
Poetry Competition

A prize of $500 is given annually for a group of poems that address one or more of the following themes: beauty, Falun Dafa, great culture, or humor. Poems must incorporate meter and rhyme. Society...

$0 Poetry $500 1/1/14
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