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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.

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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
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