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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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University of Notre Dame Press
Richard Sullivan Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a short story collection. Writers who have published at least one short story collection are eligible....

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/11
University of Notre Dame
Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a poetry collection by a Latino poet who has not yet published a book. The winner is also invited to give a...

$0 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 1/15/12
University of Notre Dame Press
Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a short story collection. Writers who have published at least one short story collection are eligible. Submit...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/12
University of Evansville
Richard Wilbur Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Evansville Press is given biennially for a book of poetry by a U.S. poet. Dana Gioia will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 100 pages with a $25 entry...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/1/12
University of Utah Press
Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by University of Utah Press, and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading in the Guest Writers Series at the University of Utah is given annually for a poetry collection...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication, Reading 3/31/13
University of Georgia Press
Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Georgia Press are given annually for collections of short fiction. Submit a manuscript of 40,000 to 75,000 words with a $25 entry fee by May 31...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 5/31/13
Utica College
Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a resident of upstate New York. The winner must also give a reading and teach a master class at Utica College. Submit two copies of a book...

$0 Poetry $2,000 Reading 8/31/13
University of Wisconsin Press
Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Wisconsin Press are given annually for poetry collections. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 90 pages with a $25 entry fee between August 15 and...

$25 Poetry $2,500 Reading, Publication 9/15/13
University of Iowa Press
Short Fiction Awards

Two publication awards are given annually by University of Iowa Press for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible. Submit a manuscript of at...

$0 Fiction Publication 9/30/13
University of Massachusetts Press
Juniper Prizes

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. In poetry, the award alternates yearly between first and...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,500 Publication 9/30/13
University of Louisville
Calvino Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Salt Hill Journal is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction written in the vein of Italo Calvino. The winner, if he or she resides in the 48...

$25 Fiction $1,500 Publication 10/15/13
University of North Texas Press
Vassar Miller Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Averill Curdy will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/31/13
University of North Texas
Rilke Prize

A prize of $10,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give readings at the University of North Texas and the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture in April 2014 is given annually for a book published...

$0 Poetry $10,000 11/30/13
University of Evansville
Willis Barnstone Translation Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem translated into English. Willis Barnstone will judge. Submit up to 10 translated poems of up to 200 lines each with the original poems. The entry fee is $5...

$5 Poetry $1,000 12/1/13
University of East Anglia
David T. K. Wong Fellowship

A one-year residential fellowship at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, which includes a £26,000 (approximately $42,133) stipend, is given annually to a fiction writer for a work that "deals...

$16 Fiction $42,133 1/13/14
University of Texas
Dobie Paisano Fellowships

Two residencies, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, at a rural retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, have lived in Texas for at least three years, or who...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction 1/15/14
University of Notre Dame
Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given biennially for a second or third book by a Latino poet. Lorna Dee Cervantes will judge. The winner is also invited to give readings in Chicago...

$0 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/15/14
University of Mississippi
Summer Poet-In-Residence Award

A one-month residency, which includes a $2,000 honorarium, is given annually to a poet who is working on a manuscript to live and work in Oxford, Mississippi, near the University of Mississippi campus....

$0 Poetry $2,000 Reading, Residency 1/15/14
University of Notre Dame
Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a poetry collection by a Latino poet who has not yet published a book. The winner is also invited to give a...

$0 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 1/15/14
Unterberg Poetry Center
"Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prizes

Four prizes of $500 each and publication in Boston Review are given annually for a group of poems. Winners also receive transportation to and lodging in New York City to give a reading at the...

$12 Poetry $500 Reading, Publication 1/24/14
University of East Anglia
Charles Pick South Asian Fellowship

A six-month fellowship at the University of East Anglia, which includes a £10,000 (approximately $16,187) stipend, is given annually to an unpublished fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer from...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $16,187 Residency 1/31/14
University of Rochester
Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the previous year by a woman who is a U.S. citizen. Publishers may submit four copies of a novel or collection of short fiction...

$0 Fiction $7,500 2/1/14
University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships

An academic year in residence, which includes a grant of $27,000, at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing in Madison is given annually to up to six writers working on a first book of poetry or...

$45 Poetry, Fiction $27,000 Reading, Workshop, Residency 2/28/14
University of Nebraska Press
Prairie Schooner Book Prizes

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for collections of poetry and short fiction. Submit a manuscript of at least 50 pages of poetry or 150 pages...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $3,000 Publication 3/15/14
University of Pittsburgh Press
Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a first poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length collection of poems may submit a manuscript...

$25 Poetry $5,000 Publication 4/30/14
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