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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
Ohio State University Press
Non/Fiction Collection Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Ohio State University Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction or nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit a collection of short...

$25 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 2/14/16
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
Sustainable Arts Foundation
Writing Awards

Up to five awards of $6,000 each and up to five Promise Awards of $2,000 each are given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $6,000 2/26/16
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Award Series

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by a...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,500 Publication 2/28/16
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
Lake Forest College
Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency

A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at Lake Forest College is given...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 Publication, Residency 3/1/16
Mississippi Arts Commission
Literary Artist Fellowships

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in poetry and fiction....

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 3/1/16
Leeway Foundation
Art and Change Grants

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly by the Leeway Foundation to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 3/1/16
Alabama State Council on the Arts
Individual Artist Grants

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using the online submission system...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 3/1/16
Hunger Mountain
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Hunger Mountain are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Lee Upton will judge in poetry, Janet Burroway will judge in fiction,...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/1/16
National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships

Grants of $25,000 each are awarded in alternating years to poets and prose writers. This year grants will be awarded to poets. Poets who have published either a full-length collection of poetry of at...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $25,000 3/9/16
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
Fourth Genre
Steinberg Essay Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Current and former students of Michigan State University are ineligible. Ned Stuckey-French will judge. Using...

$22 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/16
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Milton Postgraduate Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. The fellowship, valued at $25,000, includes a $5,000 stipend, a...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $25,000 Reading, Residency 3/15/16
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
Southampton Review
Frank McCourt Memoir Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southampton Review will be given annually for a personal essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee...

$10 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/16
Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that "foster peace, social justice, and global...

$100 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 3/18/16
Florida Review
Editors' Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three to five poems or up to 25...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/30/16
CutBank
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by CutBank, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The editors will judge. Using the online submission...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
Narrative
Winter Story Contest

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-...

$23 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 3/31/16
Arts & Letters
Arts & Letters Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Carol Frost will judge in poetry, Kate Christensen will...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Essay Collection Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center is given annually for an essay collection. Chris Kraus will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

$28 Poetry, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
Loft Literary Center
Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one year. Writers who have published no...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 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
American Literary Translators Association
Italian Prose in Translation Award

A prize of $5,000 will be given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction translated from Italian into English and published in the previous year. Michael Moore, Jamie Richards, and Russell Valentino...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 4/8/16
American Literary Translators Association
National Translation Awards

Two prizes of $2,500 each will be given annually for a book of poetry and a book of prose translated from any language into English and published in the previous year. For the poetry prize, poetry...

$60 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 4/8/16
Gulf Coast
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Rick Barot will judge in poetry, Ayana Mathis will judge in fiction, and...

$23 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 4/9/16
Kore Press
Memoir Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Kore Press, and 20 author copies will be given annually for a memoir or essay collection by a female-identified writer. Lidia Yuknavitch will judge. Using the online...

$25 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/14/16
New South
Writing Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Anya Silver will judge in poetry; Matthew Salesses will judge in prose. Using the...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/15/16
Passages North
Literary Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a short story and a work of flash fiction or nonfiction. Submit a story of up to 7,500 words or a piece of...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/15/16
Press 53
Prime Number Magazine Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Kelly Cherry will judge in poetry, and Taylor Brown will judge in fiction....

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/15/16
New Ohio Review
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Tony Hoagland will judge in poetry, Charles Johnson...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/15/16
Crab Orchard Review
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a poem of up to five...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 4/21/16
DIAGRAM
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or mixed-genre work. Ander Monson will judge. Submit a...

$19 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/29/16
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
Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge
Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that "illuminates the heritage of America's mid-continental prairies." Authors and...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 4/30/16
Redivider
Beacon Street Prize

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Redivider will be given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Amy Gerstler will judge in poetry, Alexandra Kleeman will judge in...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/30/16
Arcadia
Dead Bison Editors’ Prize

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arcadia will be given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10 pages of...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 4/30/16
Sonora Review
Annual Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Mathias Svalina will judge in poetry, Molly Antopol...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/1/16
Los Angeles Review
Literary Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review will be given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Brynn Saito will judge in poetry, Tom...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/1/16
Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. Writers enrolled in a degree-...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 5/5/16
Academy of American Poets
James Laughlin Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet that will be published in the forthcoming year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency at the...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 weeklong residency in Florida 5/15/16
Ploughshares
Emerging Writer's Contest

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published or self-published a book...

$24 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/15/16
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 11/2/16

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