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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
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
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
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 two to three fiction writers or creative nonfiction writers. The fellows will give one public...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 Reading, Residency 1/2/14
Stanford University Libraries
William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

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 1/31/14
Southern Illinois University
Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale are given annually for a book of...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading 2/1/14
Southern Indiana Review
Michael Waters Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 80 pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page)...

$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 2/1/14
Stadler Center for Poetry
Philip Roth Residencies

Two four-month residencies, each including a $4,000 stipend, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given annually to poets and fiction writers or creative nonfiction writers working...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $4,000 2/1/14
Sarabande Books
Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages...

$27 Poetry, Fiction $2,000 Publication 2/14/14
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