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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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New Hampshire State Council on the Arts 
Individual Artist Fellowships

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given every three years to New Hampshire poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. New Hampshire residents who are not enrolled full-time in a degree-...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 1/31/11
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Fellowships in Poetry and Prose

Fellowships ranging from $7,000 to $12,000 each are awarded biennially to New Jersey poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to support new work. Full-time New Jersey residents who are...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $7,000 7/15/11
Passages North
Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a short story and a short short story. For the Waasmode Short Fiction Prize, submit a story of up to 7,500...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/12
Poets & Writers, Inc.
California Writers Exchange Contest

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded every three years to a poet and a fiction writer living in California. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid, weeklong trip to New York City to meet with...

$0 Poetry, Fiction $500 Reading 8/31/12
Barnard College
Women Poets Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Norton is given biennially for a second poetry collection. The prize is open to U.S. women poets who have already published a book-length poetry collection in an...

$20 Poetry $1,500 Publication 10/15/12
North Carolina Arts Council
Writers’ Fellowships

Fellowships of $10,000 each are given biennially to North Carolina poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and literary translators. Applicants must have lived in North Carolina for at least...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 11/1/12
PEN American Center
PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction

A prize of $10,000 is given biennially for a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective. Submit three copies of a book published in 2011 or 2012...

$50 Creative Nonfiction $10,000 2/1/13
Kresge Foundation
Literary Artist Fellowships

Nine fellowships of $25,000 each will be given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers living in metropolitan Detroit. The fellowships are designed to enable writers to devote...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $25,000 2/1/13
PEN American Center
PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants

Grants of $2,000 to $4,000 each are given annually to support the translation of book-length works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that have not previously appeared in English or have...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $4,000 2/1/13
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
Munster Literature Centre
Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

A prize of 25,000 euros (approximately $33,400) is given annually for a published short story collection. The winner also will give a reading at the Cork International Short Story Festival in September....

$0 Fiction $33,400 Reading 3/12/13
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
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
Teachers & Writers Collaborative
Bechtel Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Teachers & Writers Magazine is given annually for an essay that relates to creative writing education or literary studies. Susan Orlean will judge....

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/1/13
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas is given annually for a group of poems. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the 2013 Tennessee Williams/New...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 8/15/13
Rosebud Magazine
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud Magazine is given annually for a short story. Submit a previously unpublished story of up to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 to receive a copy...

$10 Fiction $1,000 publication 9/15/13
Chariton Review
Short Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Chariton Review is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue,...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 9/30/13
Georgetown Review
Short Story Collection Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Georgetown Review Press will be given annually for a short story collection or one or more novellas. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

$25 Fiction $1,500 Publication 9/30/13
Grub Street
National Book Prize in Poetry

A prize of $5,000 is given every three years for a recently published poetry collection by a writer living outside New England who has published at least one previous book of poetry. The winner also...

$30 Poetry $5,000 Reading 10/1/13
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
Eco Arts Awards
Prize in Literature

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that addresses the theme of ecology. Alan Leslie Combs and David Vaux will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

$30 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 11/18/13
Artist Trust
Literature Fellowships

Fellowships of $7,500 are awarded biennially to Washington State poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Students enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible. Submit up to 12...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $7,500 1/13/14
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
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
Goethe-Institut Chicago
Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a book translated from German into English published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 1/31/14
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