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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
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Literary Awards

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African American writer published in...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 12/19/14
Commonwealth Club of California
California Book Awards

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction). Prizes are also given for a first book of fiction and a...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction 12/22/14
Florida Review
Jeanne M. Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Florida Review will be given annually for a chapbook of flash fiction or nonfiction, short stories, essays, or graphic narrative. Patricia Grace King will...

$25 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 12/30/14
Before Columbus Foundation
American Book Awards
Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year that make contributions to American multicultural literature. Submit two copies of a book or galley published in...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction 12/31/14
Cleveland Foundation
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that "contribute to our understanding of racism...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 12/31/14
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women

Grants of up to $1,500 are given twice yearly to feminist writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants will be awarded to fiction writers. Using the online...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 12/31/14
PEN Center USA
Literary Awards

Prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation published in 2014 by authors residing west of the Mississippi River. The winners will also...

$35 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 12/31/14
Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua Prize

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year. The winner also receives a weeklong, all-expenses-paid summer residency at Chautauqua...

$75 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $7,500 12/31/14
Schaffner Press
Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that "deals in some way with the...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 12/31/14
San José State University
Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing

A one-year residency at San José State University, which includes a stipend of $10,000, is given annually to two to three fiction writers or creative nonfiction writers. The fellows will give one public...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 Reading, Residency 1/2/15
Spark
Writing Contest

A prize of $500 and publication in Spark: A Creative Anthology is given quarterly for a poem, a short story, or a personal essay on a theme. The winner also receives a lifetime membership to...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 Publication 1/4/15
Ellen Meloy Fund
Desert Writers Award

A prize of $3,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer "whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Meloy's writing" to spend creative time in a desert...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $3,000 1/15/15
French-American Foundation
Translation Prizes

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. A...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 1/15/15
University of Texas in Austin
Dobie Paisano Fellowships

Two residencies, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, at a rural retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, have lived in Texas for at least three years, or who...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction 1/15/15
Bethesda Literary Festival
Writing Contests

Two prizes of $500 each will be given annually for a short story and an essay. The winning short story and essay will be published in Bethesda Magazine. Residents of Maryland's Montgomery county...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 Publication 1/23/15
Tennessee Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships

Up to three grants of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are financially compensated for their work as professional artists and are current...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 1/26/15
Bronx Council on the Arts
BRIO Artist Awards

Grants of $3,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who reside in the Bronx in New York City. Winners must complete a one-time public service activity as...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 1/30/15
New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given for a poem, a work of fiction, a work of short short fiction, and a work of nonfiction (including creative...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/15
Iowa Review
Iowa Review Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Srikanth Reddy will judge in poetry, Kevin Brockmeier will...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 1/31/15
Ohioana Library Association
Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant

A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an Ohio fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer under the age of 30 who has not published a book. Writers born in Ohio or who have lived in Ohio for a minimum...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 1/31/15
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Orlando 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 by women writers. Submit a poem of no more...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/15
Writers at Work
Fellowship Competition

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or a novel excerpt, and an essay. The winners will also be published in Quarterly West and will receive tuition...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 1/31/15
Chattahoochee Review
Lamar York Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. David James Poissant will judge in fiction; Marcia Aldrich will judge in...

$15 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/15
Crazyhorse
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Alberto Ros will judge in poetry; Adam Johnson will judge in fiction;...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 1/31/15
Fish Publishing
Short Memoir Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,248) and publication in the 2015 Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short memoir. Carmen Bugan will judge. Submit a memoir of up to 4,000 words with a €...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,248 Publication 1/31/15
Winter Anthology
Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a single story or essay, or a full-length novel, novella, or collection of poetry, short stories, or...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/15
Stadler Center for Poetry
Philip Roth Residencies

Two four-month residencies, each of which include a $4,000 stipend, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given in alternating years to poets, fiction writers, and creative...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $4,000 2/1/15
Colgate University
Olive B. O'Connor Fellowships

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $37,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, will be given biennially to a fiction writer and a creative nonfiction writer...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $37,500 Reading 2/1/15
Northern Colorado Writers
Top of the Mountain Book Award

Two prizes of $1,000 each will be given annually for a novel and a book of creative nonfiction. The manuscript does not need to be completed at the time of entry, but the estimated word count of the...

$25 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 2/1/15
Southern Illinois University
Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in October 2015 are given annually...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading 2/2/15
Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission
United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies

Up to five residencies of three to five months, each of which include a monthly stipend of $20,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support, are awarded annually to published U.S. poets,...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $20,000 2/2/15
Library of Virginia
Literary Awards

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

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 2/12/15
Ohio State University Press
Non/Fiction Collection Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Ohio State University Press will be given annually for a collection of short fiction or nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit a collection of short...

$20 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 2/14/15
Center for Documentary Studies
Documentary Essay Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Document and on the Center for Documentary Studies website will be given biennially for an essay that uses documentary methods. The winner will also be...

$35 Creative Nonfiction $3,000 Publication 2/15/15
Ruminate
VanderMey Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit an essay or short memoir of up to 5,500 words with...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 2/20/15
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...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $6,000 2/27/15
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...

$30 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,500 Publication 2/28/15
Wag's Revue
Winter Writers' Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Wag's Revue is given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, or an essay. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 2/28/15
The Pinch
Literary Awards

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Pinch is given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems or a short story or essay of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/1/15
Alabama State Council on the Arts
Individual Artist Grants

Fellowships of $5,000 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 3/1/15
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 creative nonfiction....

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 3/2/15
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
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 3/15/15
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

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