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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
Gulf Coast
Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a piece of short prose. Jim Shepard will judge. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to 500...

$18 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 8/31/16
Black Warrior Review
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Hoa Nguyen will judge in poetry, Sofia Samatar will judge in...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/16
Red Hen Press
Fiction and Nonfiction Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Red Hen Press are given annually for a short story collection or novel and an essay collection or memoir. Steve Almond will judge in fiction; Pope Brock will...

$20 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/16
Slippery Elm
Prizes in Poetry and Prose

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/16
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 9/2/16
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 9/5/16
Key West Literary Seminar
Emerging Writer Awards

Three prizes valued at $4,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and a novel-in-progress by writers who have not published a book with a major publisher. The winners will each...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $4,000 Workshop 9/12/16
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 9/15/16
Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Meringoff Awards

Three prizes of $2,000 each and possible publication in the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers journal, Literary Imagination, or its newsletter, Literary Matters,...

$50 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 9/15/16
Red Hen Press
Quill Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press will be given annually for a book of prose by a queer writer. Celeste Gainey will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story or essay...

$5 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/15/16
TulipTree Publishing
Stories That Need to Be Told Contest

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay "that tells a story." The winning work will also be published in the contest anthology, Stories That Need to Be Told...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 9/16/16
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 9/19/16
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. Citizens and permanent...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $50,000 9/19/16
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 is given annually for a travel essay. Writers from Arizona and Vermont are...

$25 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/21/16
Hippocampus Magazine
Remember in November Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hippocampus Magazine is given annually for an essay. The winner will also receive free admission to the annual HippoCamp Conference for creative nonfiction...

$12 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/23/16
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 an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the American...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Residency 9/30/16
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 9/30/16
Dzanc Books
Short Story and Nonfiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Dzanc Books will be given annually for a short story collection and an essay collection, memoir, or biography. Michelle Dotter and Guy Intoci will judge....

$25 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/30/16
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 9/30/16
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 10/1/16
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 10/1/16
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 "Weather Reports: All About the...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 10/1/16
Los Angeles Review
Literary Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Julie Marie Wade will judge in poetry, Amy...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 10/1/16
Missouri Review
Jeffrey E. Smith 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 8,500 words of prose...

$22 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Publication 10/1/16
American Antiquarian Society
Fellowships for Creative Writers

At least three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for four-week residencies at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) in Worcester, Massachusetts,...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction 10/5/16
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 10/15/16
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. Marilyn Nelson will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award; Michael...

$18 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,250 Publication 10/15/16
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 10/28/16
Tucson Festival of Books
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel discussion at the annual Tucson Festival of...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Workshop 10/31/16
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 the...

$60 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $23,000 11/1/16
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 11/1/16
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 11/1/16
A Public Space
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three six-month fellowships of $1,000 each, publication in A Public Space, mentorship from an established author, and optional workspace in the journal's Brooklyn, New York, office from March...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/16
Malahat Review
Open Season Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,160) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Sina Queyras will judge in...

$40 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/1/16
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 11/1/16
Drake University
Emerging Writer Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a first book published in the last three years. The prize is given in alternating years for a poetry collection, a short story collection, a novel, and a memoir;...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading 11/1/16
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...

$24 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/9/16
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 nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the borough's "rich soul and...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $500 Reading, Publication 11/15/16
New Rivers Press
Many Voices Project Competition

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by New Rivers Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an emerging writer. Using the online submission...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 11/15/16

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