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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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The Writer’s Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the center receive a $250 honorarium each, and others receive...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $250 Reading 4/12/13
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Louisiana Literature is given for a short story. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the 2014 New Orleans Literary Festival and to...

$25 Fiction $1,500 Reading, Publication 11/15/13
Tony Quagliano Poetry Fund
International Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 is given biennially to an experimental or avant-garde poet. Poets who have published at least one poetry collection or 20 poems in five or more journals or anthologies are eligible....

$0 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 12/1/13
Third Coast
Poetry and Fiction Contest

Two awards of $1,000 each and publication in Third Coast are given annually for a poem and a short story. Cathy Park Hong will judge the Third Coast Poetry Prize, and Ramona Ausubel will judge...

$16 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/15/14
Tennessee Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships

Up to three grants of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are financially compensated for their work as professional artists and are current...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 1/27/14
The Ledge
Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Ledge is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee ($7 for each additional story) by February 28. All...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 2/28/14
The Pinch
Literary Awards

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Pinch is given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems or a short story or essay of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/1/14
Tusculum Review
Literary Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Tusculum Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Jericho Brown will judge in poetry, and Sara Pritchard will judge in fiction. Submit...

$15 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/14
The Writer's Center
McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize

A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Submit three copies of a novel published in 2013 by March 31. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE...

$0 Fiction $500 3/31/14
Tupelo Press
Tupelo Quarterly Prose Open Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tupelo Quarterly will be given twice yearly for a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to 15 pages of prose...

$20 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/25/14
The Writer's Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receive a $250...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $250 Reading 5/30/14
Towson University
Prize for Literature

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a writer who has lived in Maryland for at least three years and is currently a resident. Books published...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 6/15/14
The New Guard
Poetry and Fiction Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in The New Guard will be given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt for the Machigonne Fiction Contest and the Knightvalle Poetry...

$15 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 7/14/14
Tucson Festival of Books
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of five poems, a short story, and an essay, or an excerpt from a novel or memoir. Each winner will also be invited to take part in a panel...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Workshop 10/18/14
Three Percent
Best Translated Book Awards

Two awards of $10,000 each will be given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or novel translated into English for the first time and published in the previous year. The winning...

$0 Poetry, Fiction $10,000 11/14/14
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