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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
National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships

Grants of $25,000 each are awarded annually to poets or prose writers in alternating years. This year grants will be awarded to prose writers. Fiction and creative nonfiction writers who have published...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $25,000 3/11/15
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 3/15/15
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. Submit an essay of up to 6,000 words...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/15
Washington College
Hodson-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 3/15/15
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Milton Postgraduate Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, including a $16,000 stipend, is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. Writers who are U.S. citizens and have...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $16,000 Reading, Residency 3/15/15
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 3/17/15
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. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or a story or essay...

$23 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 3/22/15
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 3/31/15
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 3/31/15
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 work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place prize...

$22 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 3/31/15
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. Stephen Dunn will judge in poetry, Kyle Minor will judge...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
Cleveland State University
Essay Collection Competition

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

$25 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
Press 53
Prime Number Magazine Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine will be given annually for a poem, a work of short fiction, and a work of creative nonfiction. Alan Michael Parker will judge...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Book Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Red Hen Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of prose by women writers. The winners also receive $1,000 each for promotional and travel...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/1/15
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 4/3/15
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 an essay. Roger Reeves will judge in poetry; Rebecca Makkai will judge in prose. Using the...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/15/15
Zone 3 Press
Creative Nonfiction Book Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a memoir or essay collection. Amy Fusselman will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 15...

$25 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/15/15
Passages North
Literary Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a poem or group of poems and an essay. Submit up to three poems or an essay of up to 7,500 words with a $15...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/20/15
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 4/21/15
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...

$18 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/27/15
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Fellowships and Grants

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

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 4/30/15
Willow Books
Literature Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to give a reading at...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading, Publication 4/30/15
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...

$16 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 4/30/15
Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge
Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award

A prize of $1,000 will be 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."...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 4/30/15
International Rubery Book Award
International Rubery Book Award

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,520) is 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 also be...

$60 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,520 4/30/15
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 5/15/15
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 a micro-essay. Rusty Morrison will judge in poetry, Stuart Dybek...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/15/15

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