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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 Awardsort icon Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
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 the...

$75 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $7,500 12/31/13
Chicago Tribune
Nelson Algren Literary Awards

A prize of $3,500 and publication in the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal is given annually for a short story. Four finalists also receive $1,000, and five runners-up receive $500...

$0 Fiction $3,500 Publication 2/1/14
Cincinnati Review
Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Cincinnati Review will be given annually for a poem and a piece of fiction or creative nonfiction. Don Bogen will judge in poetry; Michael...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/15/14
Civil War Institute
Michael Shaara Book Prize

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel about the Civil War published during the previous year to "encourage fresh approaches to Civil War fiction." Publishers, critics, and authors may submit...

$0 Fiction $5,000 12/31/13
Cleveland Foundation
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

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

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 12/31/13
Colorado Review
Nelligan Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Current and former students of Colorado State University are ineligible. Kent Haruf will judge. Submit a...

$15 Fiction $2,000 Publication 3/14/14
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