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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
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 single poem of up to...

$23 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 4/21/14
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Fellowships and Grants

Individual Artist Fellowships of $5,000 are given annually to Minnesota writers, and Career Development Grants of up to $3,000 are given twice a year to Minnesota writers to pursue a specific arts...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 4/25/14
Rubery Book Award
International Rubery Book Award

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,635) will be given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction that is self-published or published by an independent press. The winning book will...

$50 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,635 4/30/14
Winning Writers
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 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...

$16 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/30/14
Sonora Review
Nonfiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sonora Review will be given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Jenny Boully will judge. Submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee by...

$15 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/1/14
Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships

A fellowship of $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 two years. Using the online submission system,...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 5/2/14
National Book Foundation
National Book Awards
Three prizes of $10,000 each are awarded annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United States during the...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 5/15/14
Leeway Foundation
Transformation Awards
Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and Two-Spirit poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia area who have been...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $15,000 5/15/14
Iowa Review
Jeff Sharlet Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Iowa Review will be given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a U.S. military veteran or an active duty service member. Anthony...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/15/14
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 a book or chapbook are...

$24 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/15/14
New Letters
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit three to six poems or up to 8,000 words of prose with a $...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 5/18/14
Tupelo Press
Tupelo Quarterly Prose Open Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tupelo Quarterly will be given twice yearly for a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to 15 pages of prose...

$20 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/25/14
The Writer's Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receive a $250...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $250 Reading 5/30/14
Creative Nonfiction
Short Memoir Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction will be given for a short memoir. The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,000 words with a $20 entry fee (for an additional $5...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/31/14
Graywolf Press
Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $12,000 and publication by Graywolf Press is given occasionally for a work-in-progress of creative nonfiction by a writer not yet established in the genre. U.S. writers who have published at...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $12,000 Publication 5/31/14
Pressgang
Pressgang Prize

A prize of $1,500, publication by Pressgang, and a reading at Butler University will be given annually for book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The editorial board will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

$25 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Reading, Publication 5/31/14
Winning Writers
Sports Fiction and Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a story and an essay on the theme of sports. Ellen LaFleche and Jendi Reiter will judge. Submit up to 6,000...

$16 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/31/14
American-Scandinavian Foundation
Translation Prizes
A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, or Swedish work of poetry, fiction,...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 6/1/14
Southern Indiana Review
Thomas A. Wihelmus Editors' Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Submit an essay of up to 35 pages with a $20 entry fee ($5 for each additional...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 6/2/14
Writer's Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in New York City to meet with editors and agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay....

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 6/3/14
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 6/14/14
Towson University
Prize for Literature

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a writer who has lived in Maryland for at least three years and is currently a resident. Books published...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 6/15/14
New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal's website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay that have...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 6/17/14
Mexico
Fil Prize in Romance Languages
A prize of $150,000 is given annually to honor a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who writes in Catalan, French, Galician, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, or Spanish. The prize is...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $150,000 6/22/14
Literary Arts
Oregon Literary Fellowships
Fellowships of $2,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. In addition, one Women Writers Fellowship of...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 6/27/14
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women

Grants of $500 to $1,500 each are given twice yearly to feminist writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants will be awarded to women poets and creative...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 6/30/14
Northern Colorado Writers
Creative Nonfiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Northern Colorado Writers anthology Pooled Ink is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Laura Pritchett will judge. Submit an essay or...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 6/30/14
Autumn House Press
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner also receives a $1,500...

$30 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 6/30/14
Blue Mountain Center
Richard J. Margolis Award
A prize of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction with...
$0 Poetry, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Residency 7/1/14
Bellevue Literary Review
Prizes in Poetry and Prose

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works about health, healing, illness...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/1/14
StoryQuarterly
Essay Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in StoryQuarterly will be given annually for an essay. Maggie Nelson will judge. Submit an essay of up to 6,250 words with a $15 entry fee by July 1. Visit the...

$15 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/1/14
Fairy Tale Review
Awards in Poetry and Prose

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fairy Tale Review will be given annually for a group of poems and a work of prose influenced by fairy tales. Ilya Kaminsky will judge in poetry, and...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/15/14

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