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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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Writers & Books
Gell Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Big Pencil Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Gell Center of the Finger Lakes in Bristol Valley,...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/31/14
White Pine Press
Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press will be given annually for a book of poetry translated into English. Submit a manuscript of 80 to 140 pages with a $25 entry fee by March 31. Send an...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/31/14
Writecorner Press
E. M. Koeppel Short Fiction Award

A prize of $1,100 and publication on the Writecorner Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($10 for each additional story) by April...

$15 Fiction $1,100 Publication 4/30/14
Wag's Revue
Winter Writers' Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Wag's Revue is given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, or an essay. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 2/28/15
Washington College
Hodson-Brown Fellowship

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) working on a book relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $20,000 3/15/15
White Pine Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 80 pages with a $20 entry fee by November 30. Send an SASE...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/15
Waywiser Press
Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a...

$27 Poetry $3,000 Reading, Publication 12/1/15
Willow Books
Literature Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The winners are also invited to give a reading at the...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading, Publication 12/1/15
Writer's Digest
Short Short Story Competition

A prize of $3,000, publication in Writer's Digest, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2016 Writer's Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A second-place...

$20 Fiction $3,000 Publication 12/14/15
Writers at Work
Fellowship Competition

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Quarterly West are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or a novel excerpt, and an essay. The winners also receive tuition to attend...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/16
Winter Anthology
Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, or an essay. Richard Kenney will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/16
Washington College
Hodson Trust–John Carter Brown Fellowship

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) working on a book relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $20,000 3/15/16
Winning Writers
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a humorous poem. Jendi Reiter will judge. Using the online submission system, submit one poem of up to 250 lines by...

$0 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/1/16
Writing Ranch
Waterston Desert Writing Prize

A prize of $1,500 and a four-week residency at the PLAYA retreat in Summer Lake, Oregon, will be given annually for a nonfiction work-in-progress that "recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Residency 4/1/16
Winning Writers
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Arthur Powers will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a short...

$18 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 4/30/16
Wick Poetry Center
Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,500 and publication by Kent State University Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Kent State University with the judge, who...
$30 Poetry $2,500 Reading, Publication 5/1/16
Whiting Foundation
Creative Nonfiction Grant

Up to three grants of $35,000 each will be given annually to writers completing a book of creative nonfiction that is currently under contract with a publisher. Writers who signed a contract before May 1...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $35,000 5/1/16
Writers' Village
International Short Fiction Competition

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,430) and publication on the Writers’ Village website is given twice yearly for a short story. John Yeoman will judge. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words via e-mail...

$21 Fiction $1,430 Publication 5/31/16
Writer's Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in New York City to meet one-on-one with four agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay....

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 6/1/16
Willow Springs Books
Spokane Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Willow Springs Books is given annually for a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of three or more stories totaling at least 98 pages with a $27.50 entry fee...

$27 Fiction $2,000 Publication 6/1/16
Winning Writers
North Street Book Prize

Three prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for self-published books of fiction, genre fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners also receive publication of an excerpt on the Winning Writers...

$50 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 6/30/16
Winning Writers
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a poem in any style and a poem that either rhymes or is written in a traditional style. Soma Mei Sheng...

$10 Poetry $1,500 Publication 9/30/16
Whitefish Review
Montana Award for Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Whitefish Review is given annually for a short story. Rick Bass will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/1/16
Washington College
Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is given annually to a...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $45,000 Residency 11/1/16
Washington Writers Publishing House
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers Publishing House, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or novel. Writers who live in...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/16

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