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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
Library of Virginia
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in the previous year. Books by writers who were born in or are residents of Virginia or, in the case...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 2/12/16
Kore Press
Short Fiction Award

A prize of $1,250, publication by Kore Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a short story by a female-identified writer. Edwidge Danticat will judge. Using the online submission system,...

$20 Fiction $1,250 Publication 2/14/16
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
Orison Books
Prizes in Poetry and Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by Orison Books will be given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. Hadara Bar-Nadav will judge in poetry and Peter Orner will judge in fiction...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,500 Publication 2/15/16
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
Fish Publishing
Flash Fiction Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,100) and publication in the 2016 Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. Nuala O'Connor will judge. Submit a story of up to 300 words with...

$15 Fiction $1,100 Publication 2/28/16
Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given three times a year for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,...
$18 Fiction $2,500 Publication 2/29/16
University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships

An academic year in residence, which includes a prize of $3,000 and a stipend of $27,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to six writers working on a first or second...

$50 Poetry, Fiction $3,000 Reading, Workshop, Residency 2/29/16
Center for Fiction
New York City Emerging Writers Fellowship

Fellowships of $5,000 each, membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and access to writing space is given annually to fiction writers living in New York City who have not yet published a...

$0 Fiction $5,000 2/29/16
Binghamton University
Book Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry collection of at least 48 pages....

$0 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 3/1/16
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 Writer's Center
McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize

A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Authors, publishers, and agents may submit three copies of a novel published in 2015 by March 11....

$0 Fiction $500 3/11/16
Colorado Review
Nelligan Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Gish Jen will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $15 entry fee by March 14. All entries are...

$15 Fiction $2,000 Publication 3/14/16
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
James Jones Literary Society
First Novel Fellowship
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work is published in Provincetown Arts, and the winner will...
$30 Fiction $10,000 3/15/16
Ruminate
William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

$20 Fiction $1,500 Publication 3/15/16
Hidden River Publishing
Eludia Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Sowilo Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, and 10 author copies is given annually for a first novel or short story collection by a woman over the age of 40 who...

$30 Fiction $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
Prairie Schooner
Book Prizes

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. An editorial board will select finalists; Kwame Dawes...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $3,000 Publication 3/15/16
Selected Shorts
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,000 and tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop is given annually for a short story. The winning work will be published on the Electric...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Workshop 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
Enizagam
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Enizagam are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. CAConrad will judge in poetry and Diane Cook will judge in fiction. Using the...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/18/16
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
Black Lawrence Press
Hudson Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system,...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
Gemini Magazine
Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $5 entry fee by March 31. Send an SASE, call...

$5 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
Banipal Trust for Arab Literature
Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $4,470) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English and published for the first time in English during the previous year....

$0 Poetry, Fiction $4,470 3/31/16
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
Lascaux Review
Flash Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a work of flash fiction. Previously published and unpublished stories are eligible. Submit up to three stories of no...

$10 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
Bosque Press
Bosque Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in bosque is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt by a writer over the age of 40. Lynne Stegner will judge. Using the online submission system,...

$22 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
Passaic County Community College
Paterson Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a novel or short story collection published in the previous year. Publishers may submit two copies of a book published in 2015 by April 1. There is no entry fee....

$0 Fiction $1,000 4/1/16
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
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
Australian Book Review
Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

A prize of $7,000 AUD (approximately $5,040) and publication in Australian Book Review is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of $2,000 AUD (approximately $1,440) and a third-...

$14 Fiction $7,000 Publication 4/11/16
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
Del Sol Press
First Novel Competition

A prize of $1,500, publication by Del Sol Press, and 20 author copies will be given annually for a first novel. Madison Smartt Bell will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of...

$30 Fiction $1,500 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
Pen Parentis
Writing Fellowship for New Parents

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Brain, Child is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The winner also receives an invitation to give a reading...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Reading, Publication 4/18/16
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
Sixfold
Short Story and Poetry Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than...

$5 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 4/23/16
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
Nimrod International Journal
Nimrod Literary Awards

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for works of poetry and short fiction. The winners also receive transportation and lodging to attend...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $2,000 Publication 4/30/16
Glimmer Train Press
Fiction Open

A prize of $3,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story. A $1,000 second-place prize is also given. The editors will judge. Using...

$21 Fiction $3,000 Publication 4/30/16
Glimmer Train Press
Very Short Fiction Award

A prize of $2,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a very short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 3,000...

$16 Fiction $2,000 Publication 4/30/16
Sarabande Books
Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages...

$28 Poetry, Fiction $2,000 Publication 4/30/16
Late Night Library
Debut-litzer Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a first book of poetry and a first book of fiction published in the previous year. The winners are featured on the Late Night Library podcast series, and...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Reading 4/30/16
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
Ghost Story
Supernatural Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Ghost Story website is given twice yearly for a short story with a supernatural or magic realism theme. The editors will judge. Submit a story of 1,500...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 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
Leapfrog Press
Fiction Award

A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or a novella. Sara Pritchard and the editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 22,...

$30 Fiction $1,150 Publication 5/1/16
Southwest Review
David Nathan Meyerson Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a full-length book of fiction. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 5/1/16
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
Carve Magazine
Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Carve Magazine is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic submissions) by May 15. Visit...

$15 Fiction $1,500 Publication 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
Breakwater Review
Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review will be given annually for a story. Askold Melnyczuk will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $10 entry fee by May 15. All...

$10 Fiction $1,000 Publication 5/15/16
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Cutthroat is given annually for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation over 5,000...

$0 Fiction $1,500 Publication 5/15/16
Red Hen Press
Graphic Novel Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a graphic novel. Kate Gale will judge. Submit a manuscript of 75 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31, 2016. Call or...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/31/16
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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