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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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Sponsor and Award Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given quarterly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not been published in a print...
$15 Fiction $1,500 Publication 8/31/15
Gemini Magazine
Flash Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of up to 1,000 words with a $5 entry fee ($4 for each...

$5 Fiction $1,000 Publication 8/31/15
Snake Nation Press
Serena McDonald Kennedy Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a novella or short story collection. Submit a novella of up to 50,000 words or a short story collection of up to 200 pages...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 8/31/15
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. Steve Almond will judge. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to...

$17 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 8/31/15
Ohio Arts Council
Individual Excellence Awards

Grants of $5,000 are awarded biennially to Ohio poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers who have been residents of Ohio for one year prior to the application deadline and are not...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 9/1/15
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. Heather Christle will judge in poetry, Alissa Nutting will judge...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/15
Slippery Elm
Poetry and Prose Awards

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 9/1/15
Ashland Creek Press
Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature

A prize of $1,000 and an offer of publication from Ashland Creek Press will be given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction that focuses on the environment, animal protection, ecology, or...

$25 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/15
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 9/4/15
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 9/5/15
Les Figues Press
NOS Book Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press is given annually for an innovative book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Cross-genre collections are also eligible. lê thi diem thúy will...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/15/15
Drake University
Emerging Writer Award

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a first book of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or graphic poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, published in the last three years. The prize is given in...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading 9/15/15
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. Residents of the United...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $50,000 9/18/15
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 9/23/15
Manchester Metropolitan University
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of £10,000 (approximately $15,550) each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The winners will be invited to an award ceremony in Manchester in November. Olivia Cole, Kei...

$27 Poetry, Fiction $15,550 9/25/15
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 9/25/15
Glimmer Train Press
Family Matters

A prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story about families of all configurations. Submit a story of up to 12...

$18 Fiction $1,500 Publication 9/30/15
University of Iowa Press
Short Fiction Awards

Two publication awards are given annually by University of Iowa Press for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible. Submit a manuscript of at...

$0 Fiction Publication 9/30/15
University of Massachusetts Press
Juniper Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a novel or novella....

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 9/30/15
Hackney Literary Awards
Novel Contest

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

$30 Fiction $5,000 9/30/15
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 one to two academic semesters in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Residency 9/30/15
Ghost Story
Supernatural Fiction Award

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

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 9/30/15
Key West Literary Seminar
Emerging Writer Awards

Three prizes valued at $4,000 each will be given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have not published a book with a major publisher. The winners will each...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $4,000 Workshop 9/30/15
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 10/1/15
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 10/1/15
Zoetrope: All-Story
Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope: All-Story website is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists are considered for representation by several literary agencies,...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/1/15
Madison Review
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Madison Review are given annually for a group of three poems and a short story. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than 15...

$10 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/1/15
Boston Review
Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a short story. Jennifer Egan will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a six-...

$20 Fiction $1,500 Publication 10/1/15
Southern Indiana Review
Mary C. Mohr Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given in alternating years for a poem or a short story. The 2015 award will be given in fiction. ZZ Packer will judge. Submit a...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $2,000 Publication 10/1/15
Missouri Review
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 25 pages of prose...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Publication 10/1/15
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 "Family, Enemies, Friends: The...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 10/1/15
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Mighty River Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Big Muddy, a literary journal published by Southeast Missouri State University Press, will be given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 30...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/1/15
Whitefish Review
Montana Award for Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Whitefish Review is given annually for a short story. Rick Bass will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/1/15
American Antiquarian Society
Fellowships for Creative Writers

Fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for monthlong residencies at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, to research pre-...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,150 10/5/15
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Artist Fellowships

Up to six grants of $10,000 each are given biennially to Massachusetts poets. Up to six finalists will also receive $1,000 grants. Using the online submission system, submit up to 15 pages of poetry by...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 10/5/15
University of Louisville
Calvino Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Salt Hill Journal is given annually for a work of fiction written in the fabulist experimental style of Italo Calvino. The winner will also receive airfare...

$25 Fiction $1,500 Publication 10/14/15
Alligator Juniper
National Writing Contest

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Alligator Juniper are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems or a story or essay of up to 30 pages with a $...

$18 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 10/15/15
Indiana Review
Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a short story. Laura van den Berg will judge. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/15/15
A Public Space
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three six-month fellowships of $1,000 each, publication in A Public Space, mentorship from an established author who has contributed to A Public Space, and optional workspace in the...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 10/15/15
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. Natalie Diaz will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award; Stuart Dybek...

$18 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,250 Publication 10/20/15
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 10/24/15
Omnidawn Publishing
Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction. Brian Evenson will judge. Submit a manuscript of one or more stories...

$18 Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/26/15
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 10/30/15
Glimmer Train Press
Very Short Fiction Award

A prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given quarterly for a very short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 3...

$18 Fiction $1,500 Publication 10/31/15
Dana Awards
Dana Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and a novel or novel-in-progress. Submit five poems of no more than 100 lines each with a $15 entry fee, a short story...

$15 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 10/31/15
Tucson Festival of Books
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of five poems, a short story, and an essay, or an excerpt from a novel or memoir. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Workshop 10/31/15
Red Hen Press
Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection or novel. Kate Gale will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 200 pages with a $20 entry fee by October 31...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/31/15
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. Call or visit...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/31/15
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...

$60 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $23,000 11/1/15
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 11/1/15
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