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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
Kenyon College
Kenyon Review Fellowships

Two two-year fellowships, each including an annual stipend of $32,500, will be given biennially to poets, fiction writers, or creative nonfiction writers who have completed an MFA or PhD in creative...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $32,500 12/1/11
New York Foundation for the Arts
Artists' Fellowships

Grants of $7,000 are given triennially to New York State fiction writers. Writers who have lived in New York State for two years or more, are at least 25 years of age, and are not enrolled in a degree-...

$0 Fiction $7,000 12/15/11
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
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer. One finalist in each genre will receive $5,000. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or prose with a $35...

$35 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $50,000 11/1/12
Lambda Literary Foundation
Debut Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for debut books of fiction by LGBT writers published in the current year. Submit four copies of a first novel or a short story collection (or bound galleys)...

$35 Fiction $1,000 12/1/12
Dzanc Books
Short Story Collection Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Dzanc Books is given annually for a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $20 entry fee by December 31. Visit the website for complete...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 12/31/12
Posen Foundation
International Fellowship for Scholars and Writers

A two-year fellowship of $40,000 ($20,000 per year) will be given annually for a work-in-progress of fiction written in English or Hebrew. Writers who have not yet published a book are eligible. Submit...

$0 Fiction $40,000 Residency 1/15/13
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
Finishing Line Press
Open Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive a standard royalty contract for a Kindle edition of the winning chapbook....

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/13
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
Santa Fe Writers Project
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 are given annually for works of fiction and creative nonfiction. David Morrell will judge in fiction, and Lee Gutkind will judge in creative nonfiction. Submit a manuscript of any...

$30 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 7/15/13
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
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 9/1/13
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
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