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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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Restless Books
Prize for New Immigrant Writing

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books will be given in alternating years for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction by a first-generation resident of the United States. The 2016 prize...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 Publication 12/31/16
River Styx
Schlafly Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a short short story. Submit up to three stories of no more than 500 words each with a $10 entry fee, which includes a copy...

$10 Fiction $1,500 Publication 12/31/16
Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an unpublished poem. Eavan Boland will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March 15. Send an SASE, call, e-...

$10 Poetry $1,000 3/15/17
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 2/15/17
Salem State University
Claire Keyes Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East is given annually for a group of poems. Submit 8 to 10 pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page) with a $10 entry fee, which includes a...

$10 Poetry $1,000 Publication 2/15/17
San José State University
Steinbeck Fellowships in Creative Writing

Four yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $10,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers. The fellows...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 Reading 1/2/17
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...

$29 Poetry, Fiction $2,000 Publication 2/15/17
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 1/31/17
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 3/1/17
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 1/24/17
Society of Classical Poets
Poetry Competition

A prize of $500 and publication on the Society of Classical Poets website is given annually for a group of three to five poems on a theme. One poem must address human rights in China, terrorism, or the...

$0 Poetry $500 Publication 12/31/16
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 are given annually for a...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading 2/2/17
Southern Indiana Review
Michael Waters Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 80 pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page)...

$25 Poetry $3,000 Publication 2/1/17
Stadler Center for Poetry
Philip Roth Residencies

Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, 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 $5,000 2/1/17
Tampa Review
Danahy Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of 500 to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 12/31/16
The Moth
Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

A prize of €10,000 (approximately $11,200) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a poem. Three runner-up prizes of €1,000 (approximately $1,120) each are also given. The winners will...

$13 Poetry $11,200 Publication 12/31/16
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 2016 by March 11....

$0 Fiction $500 3/11/17
Third Coast
Poetry and Fiction Contests

Two awards of $1,000 each and publication in Third Coast are given annually for a poem and a short story. Natalie Diaz will judge the Third Coast Poetry Prize, and Desiree Cooper will judge the...

$16 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/15/17
Tupelo Press
Dorset Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art valued at $1,500...

$28 Poetry $3,000 Publication 12/31/16
Tupelo Press
Snowbound Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28. All entries are considered for...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 2/28/17
Tusculum Review
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tusculum Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Manuscripts with one or two authors are eligible. Submit a chapbook of 20 to 30 pages with a $20...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/1/17
University of Mississippi
Summer Poet-in-Residence Award

A one-month residency, which includes a $3,000 honorarium, to live and work in Oxford, Mississippi, near the University of Mississippi campus, is given annually to a poet who is working on a manuscript....

$0 Poetry $3,000 Reading, Residency 1/15/17
University of Rochester
Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the previous year by a woman who is a U.S. citizen. Publishers may submit four copies of a novel or collection of short fiction...

$0 Fiction $7,500 2/1/17
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, who have lived in Texas for at least three years, or...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $25,000 1/15/17
University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of at least $30,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to six writers working on a first or second book of poetry...

$50 Poetry, Fiction $30,000 Reading, Workshop, Residency 2/1/17
Unterberg Poetry Center
Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prizes

Four prizes of $500 each and publication in Boston Review are given annually for a group of poems. Winners also receive transportation to and lodging in New York City to give a reading at the...

$12 Poetry $500 Reading, Publication 1/13/17
Virginia Commonwealth University
Cabell First Novelist Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and the winner's agent will also receive lodging and travel expenses to attend the First Novelist...

$0 Fiction $5,000 1/14/17
Virginia Commonwealth University
Levis Reading Prize

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry published during the previous year...

$0 Poetry $5,000 Reading 2/1/17
WB Yeats Society of NY
Yeats Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the WB Yeats Society of NY website will be given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to a ceremony in New York City in the spring. Alfred Corn will...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 2/1/17
Willow Books
Literature Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by writers of color. Using the online submission system,...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 12/15/16
Winter Anthology
Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, or an essay. Donna Stonecipher will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/17
WOMR/WFMR Community Radio
Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than seven pages with a $15 entry fee by January 2, 2017. Visit the website for complete...

$15 Poetry $1,000 1/2/17
Writers at Work
Writing Competition

Three prizes of publication in Quarterly West are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay or memoir excerpt. The winners also choose to receive either $...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/17
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