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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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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 11/2/15
Academy of American Poets
Walt Whitman Award

A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen who has not...

$35 Poetry $5,000 Publication, Residency 11/1/15
Alice James Books
Alice James Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet residing in the United States. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $30 entry fee by...

$30 Poetry $2,000 Publication 11/1/15
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
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
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
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
American Poetry Review
Honickman First Book Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by American Poetry Review is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winning book is distributed by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium. Nick Flynn...

$25 Poetry $3,000 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
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship

An award of approximately $54,000 is given annually to a U.S. poet for a year of travel and study abroad. Submit two copies of either up to 40 pages of poetry or a published book and up to 20 pages of...

$0 Poetry $54,000 10/15/15
Arcadia
Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication in Arcadia, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winning chapbook will be distributed to all Arcadia subscribers. Submit a...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/15
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
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Winners and finalists will be invited to read their poems at Beyond Baroque in April 2016. Submit up to four poems of no more than 40 lines each with a $20...

$20 Poetry $1,000 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
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
Brick Road Poetry Press
Book Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Brick Road Poetry Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Keith Badowski and Ron Self will judge. Using the online submission system,...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/1/15
Carlow University
Patricia Dobler Poetry Award

A prize valued at $2,000 is given annually to a woman poet over 40 years of age who has not published a book in any genre. The winner receives $1,000; publication in Voices From the Attic, the...

$20 Poetry $2,000 Reading 9/5/15
Coal Hill Review
Poetry Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Coal Hill Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winning work will also appear in Coal Hill Review online. Michael Simms will judge....

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/1/15
Coffee-House Poetry
Troubadour International Poetry Prize

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $7,750) is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,550) is also given. Both winners receive publication on the Coffee-House Poetry...

$8 Poetry $7,750 Reading 10/19/15
Comstock Review
Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given biennially for a poetry chapbook. Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton will judge. Submit a manuscript of 25 to 34 pages...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/31/15
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
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
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
Dogfish Head Brewery
Poetry Prize

A prize of $500, publication by Broadkill River Press, and two cases of Dogfish Head beer will be given annually for a poetry collection written by a poet living in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New...

$0 Poetry $500 Publication 9/7/15
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
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