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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.

Sponsor and Award Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Dogwood
Literary Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Dogwood is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 22 pages of prose with a $...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/5/15
Hunger Mountain
Creative Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Hunger Mountain website is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Submit an essay of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by September 10....

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/10/15
Les Figues Press
NOS Book Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press is given annually for an innovative book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Cross-genre collections are also eligible. lê thi diem thúy will...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/15/15
Drake University
Emerging Writer Award

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a first book of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or graphic poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, published in the last three years. The prize is given in...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading 9/15/15
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Writing Fellowships

Fellowships of approximately $50,000 each are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise. Residents of the United...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $50,000 9/18/15
Real Simple
Life Lessons Essay Contest

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Real Simple is given annually for an essay on a theme. A second-place prize of $750 and a third-place prize of $500 are also given. The theme this year is "...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $3,000 Publication 9/21/15
Travelers' Tales
Solas Awards

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the annual anthology The Best Travel Writing and on the Travelers' Tales website will be given annually for a travel essay. Writers from Arizona and Vermont...

$25 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/21/15
Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute Fellowships

Fellowships of $75,000 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $75,000 9/23/15
New York Public Library
Cullman Center Fellowships

Up to 15 fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the New York Public Library...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $70,000 9/25/15
American Academy in Berlin
Berlin Prize Fellowships

Up to five residential fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to spend one to two academic semesters in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Residency 9/30/15
Hippocampus Magazine
Remember in November Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication in Hippocampus Magazine, and free admission to the annual HippoCamp Conference in Fall 2016 will be given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system...

$12 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/30/15
Key West Literary Seminar
Emerging Writer Awards

Three prizes valued at $4,000 each will be given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have not published a book with a major publisher. The winners will each...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $4,000 Workshop 9/30/15
Literal Latté
Essay Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a personal essay. Submit an essay of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($5 for each additional essay) by September...

$10 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/30/15
American Literary Review
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems,...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 10/1/15
Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year....

$50 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 10/1/15
Missouri Review
Editors' Prize

Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or up to 25 pages of prose...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Publication 10/1/15
Crab Orchard Review
Special Issue Feature Awards

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "Family, Enemies, Friends: The...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 10/1/15
American Antiquarian Society
Fellowships for Creative Writers

Fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for monthlong residencies at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, to research pre-...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,150 10/5/15
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Artist Fellowships

Up to six grants of $10,000 each are given biennially to Massachusetts poets. Up to six finalists will also receive $1,000 grants. Using the online submission system, submit up to 15 pages of poetry by...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 10/5/15
Alligator Juniper
National Writing Contest

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Alligator Juniper are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems or a story or essay of up to 30 pages with a $...

$18 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 10/15/15
River Teeth
Literary Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Andre Dubus III will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 400 pages with a $25...

$25 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 10/15/15
A Public Space
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three six-month fellowships of $1,000 each, publication in A Public Space, mentorship from an established author who has contributed to A Public Space, and optional workspace in the...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 10/15/15
Cutthroat
Writing Awards

Three prizes of $1,250 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Natalie Diaz will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award; Stuart Dybek...

$18 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,250 Publication 10/20/15
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Career Development Grants

Grants of up to $3,000 are given twice yearly to allow Minnesota writers to take advantage of a specific arts opportunity. Poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are U.S. citizens...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 10/30/15
Tucson Festival of Books
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of five poems, a short story, and an essay, or an excerpt from a novel or memoir. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Workshop 10/31/15
Red Hen Press
Nonfiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a essay collection or memoir. Kate Gale will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 200 pages with a $20 entry fee by October 31....

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 10/31/15
American-Scandinavian Foundation
Writing Fellowships and Grants

Fellowships of up to $23,000 and grants of up to $5,000 are given annually to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators for study and research in Scandinavia. For travel in...

$60 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $23,000 11/1/15
Briar Cliff Review
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than six...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/15
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
Santa Fe Writers Project
Literary Awards

A prize of $1,500 and publication with the Santa Fe Writers Project is given annually for a short story or essay collection, novel, or memoir. Two runners-up will also receive $1,000 each and publication...

$30 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/1/15
New Rivers Press
Many Voices Project Competition

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an emerging writer. The winning works are published by New Rivers Press and...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 11/1/15
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 11/1/15
Malahat Review
Open Season Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,155) each and publication in Malahat Review will be given annually for a group of three poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three...

$40 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/1/15
Reed Magazine
Gabriele Rico Challenge in Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,333 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a...

$15 Creative Nonfiction $1,333 Publication 11/1/15
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a female poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to complete a project for publication over a two-year period. The top finalist in each of the two...

$45 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $50,000 Publication 11/2/15
Narrative
30 Below Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30...

$23 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/15/15
Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival
Brooklyn Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the borough's "rich...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $500 Reading, Publication 11/15/15

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