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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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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
Starcherone Books
Prize for Innovative Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Starcherone Books is given annually for a book of fiction. Alissa Nutting will judge. Submit a novel, a short story collection, or a work of hybrid prose of up to 400...

$35 Fiction $1,500 Publication 2/17/14
StoryQuarterly
Essay Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in StoryQuarterly will be given annually for an essay. Maggie Nelson will judge. Submit an essay of up to 6,250 words with a $15 entry fee by July 1. Visit the...

$15 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/1/14
Saturday's Child Press
Short Story Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Saturday's Child Magazine is given twice annually for a short story by a woman or a translation into English of a short story by a woman. Translators of any...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 9/15/14
San Miguel Writers' Conference
Writing Contest

Three prizes valued at approximately $1,000 each will be given annually for a group of poems, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay or memoir excerpt. The prize includes full tuition, lodging, an...

$30 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading, Conference Registration 11/2/14
Symphony Space
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,000 and tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop is given annually for a short story. The winning work will be published on the Electric...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Workshop 3/15/15
Sozopol Fiction Seminars
English and Bulgarian Scholarships
Ten scholarships, valued at approximately $1,600 each, to attend the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Sozopol, Bulgaria, are given annually to five fiction writers working in English and five working in...
$0 Fiction $1,600 3/20/15
St. Francis College
Literary Prize

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially for a third, fourth, or fifth published book of fiction. Self-published books and English translations are eligible. Erin McGraw, Sigrid Nunez, and Daniel Torday...

$0 Fiction $50,000 5/1/15
Stone Canoe
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $500 each are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer who have a connection to upstate New York. A prize of $500 is also given annually to a U.S....

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 7/31/15
StoryQuarterly
Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in StoryQuarterly is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Leslie Jamison will judge. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6...

$15 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 8/1/15
Snake Nation Press
Serena McDonald Kennedy Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a novella or short story collection. Submit a novella of up to 50,000 words or a short story collection of up to 200 pages...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 8/31/15
Snake Nation Press
Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 75 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. E-mail or visit the website...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 8/31/15
Slippery Elm
Poetry and Prose Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/15
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 poetry collection. Submit up to six poems in a...

$5 Poetry $1,000 Publication 9/30/15
Southern Indiana Review
Mary C. Mohr Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given in alternating years for a poem or a short story. The 2015 award will be given in fiction. ZZ Packer will judge. Submit a...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $2,000 Publication 10/1/15
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Mighty River Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Big Muddy, a literary journal published by Southeast Missouri State University Press, will be given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 30...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/1/15
Stadler Center for Poetry
Poetry Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a $20,000 stipend, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, will be given annually to a poet who has not published a...

$0 Poetry $20,000 Residency 10/1/15
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 poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection may submit a...

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

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

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 11/1/15
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Nilsen Literary Prize

A prize of $2,000 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 published a novel....

$25 Fiction $2,000 Publication 11/1/15
Santa Fe Writers Project
Literary Awards

A prize of $1,500 and publication with the Santa Fe Writers Project is given annually for a short story or essay collection, novel, or memoir. Two runners-up will also receive $1,000 each and publication...

$30 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/1/15
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. Ron Smith will judge. Submit up to five poems with a $27 entry fee, which includes a subscription to...

$27 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/1/15
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 12/1/15
Stanford University
Wallace Stegner Fellowships

Ten 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 12/1/15
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