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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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Public Poetry
ARTlines2 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 will be given triennially for an ekphrastic poem inspired by a piece of art selected by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The winner and runners-up will be invited to a reading and...

$16 Poetry $1,000 Publication, Reading 11/30/14
Carolina Wren Press
Poetry Series

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a first or second poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $20...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
Four Way Books
Levis Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given biennially for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. The winner will also be invited to participate in a reading in New York City. Martha...

$28 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 3/31/15
Hub City Press
New Southern Voices Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hub City Press is given biennially for a poetry collection. U.S. poets who have published no more than one full-length poetry collection and who have lived in Alabama...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/15/15
Zone 3 Press
Creative Nonfiction Book Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a memoir or essay collection. Amy Fusselman will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 15...

$25 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/15/15
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
Montreal International Poetry Prize
Montreal International Poetry Prize

A prize of $20,000 Canadian (approximately $15,800) and publication in Global Poetry Anthology is given biennially for a poem. Eavan Boland will judge. Using the online submission system, submit...

$20 Poetry $20,000 Publication 5/15/15
Rosebud
X. J. Kennedy Award for Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for an essay. Roderick Clark and Robert Wake will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee by August 15....

$10 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 8/15/15
Ohio Arts Council
Individual Excellence Awards

Grants of $5,000 are awarded biennially to Ohio poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers who have been residents of Ohio for one year prior to the application deadline and are not...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 9/1/15
University of Notre Dame
Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry

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

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 9/1/15
Comstock Review
Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given biennially for a poetry chapbook. Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton will judge. Submit a manuscript of 25 to 34 pages...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/31/15
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
Carolina Wren Press
Lee Smith Novel Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a novel by an author from, living in, or writing about the American South. The editors will judge. Using the online...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/30/15
Biographers International Organization
Rowley Prize

A prize of $2,000 will be given biennially for a biography proposal by a writer who has not yet published a biography. The winner will also be considered for representation by a participating literary...

$50 Creative Nonfiction $2,000 12/31/15
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. Rigoberto González will judge. The winner is also invited to give readings in Chicago,...

$0 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/15/16
University of Notre Dame
Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by 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 1/15/16
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Artist Fellowships

Up to seven grants of $12,000 each are given biennially to Massachusetts fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers. Up to seven finalists will also receive $1,000 grants. Using the online...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $12,000 1/25/16
Stanford University Libraries
William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for books of fiction and creative nonfiction published during the previous two years. The awards, cosponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the...

$50 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 1/29/16
Academy of American Poets
Raiziss/de Palchi Book Prize

A prize of $10,000 is given biennially to a U.S. translator for a book of modern Italian poetry translated into English. Translations of work written in standard (non-dialect) Italian by living...

$0 Poetry $10,000 2/15/16
Kentucky Arts Council
Artist Fellowships and Awards

Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships of $7,500 each are given biennially to Kentucky poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Emerging Artist Awards of $1,000 each are also given...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $7,500 2/16/16
PEN Northwest
Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency

A seven-month residency from April to October, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer to live and work at the Dutch Henry...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Residency 3/1/16
The Pinch
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Alex Lemon will judge in poetry, Leslie Pietrzyk will judge in fiction, and...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/16
Bellingham Review
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for Poetry is given for a poem...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/16
Slope Editions
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Slope Editions is given annually for a poetry collection. Mary Ruefle will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 90 pages with a $22 entry fee ($25 for electronic...

$22 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/15/16
Cave Canem Foundation
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a first book of poetry by a black poet of African descent. Kwame Dawes will judge. Using the online submission...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/15/16
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