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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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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
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
Pushcart Press
Pushcart Prizes

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines or small presses during the...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Publication 12/1/14
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Writing Fellowships
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Writing Fellowships

Fellowships for a seven-month residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, are given annually to four poets and four fiction writers who have not published a full-length book in...

$50 Poetry, Fiction Residency 12/1/14
Poets & Writers, Inc.
Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to give a reading and meet with...

$0 Poetry, Fiction $500 Reading, Travel Expenses, Residency 12/1/14
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
Sarabande Books
Bernheim Writing Residency

A two- to six-week residency at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, Kentucky, will be given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer. The resident will also...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 Reading, Residency 12/15/14
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
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 or up to 5,000 words of...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/14
Reed Magazine
John Steinbeck Short Story Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/14
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 11/30/14
BkMk Press
Ciardi/Chandra Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 110 pages of poetry or 125 to 300 pages of...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/15/15
Langum Charitable Trust
Prize in American Historical Fiction
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the previous year. Publishers or authors may submit three copies of books (or bound galleys) published in 2014 by...
$0 Fiction $1,000 12/1/14
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
Mid-American Review
Poetry and Fiction Contests

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mid-American Review are given annually for a single poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems for the James Wright Poetry Award or a short...

$10 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/14
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 10/31/14
Indiana Review
Fiction Prize

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

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/31/14
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...

$3 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/24/14
Washington Writers' Publishing House
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or a novel. Writers who live in Washington, D.C...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/14
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. The winners will also be invited to give a reading at...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading, Publication 12/1/14
Great Plains Writers' Conference
Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an emerging poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer living in the Great Plains region who has not yet published a book. The winner also receives travel...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading, Travel Expenses 12/1/14
Livingston Press
Tartt Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Livingston Press, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first collection of short stories by a U.S. citizen. Fiction writers who have not published a short story...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 12/31/14
Mississippi Review
Mississippi Review Prize

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Current or former University of Southern Mississippi students are ineligible....

$15 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/1/15
Morehead State University
Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by an Appalachian writer. Authors and publishers may submit five copies of a book of poetry or prose by December...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 12/5/14
Publishing Triangle
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction from an LGBT point of view and a first book of fiction by an LGBT author. Two prizes of $1,000 each are also given for books of creative...

$35 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 12/9/14
Pushcart Press
Editors' Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or creative nonfiction manuscript that has been submitted to but not accepted by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes "worthy manuscripts...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 11/15/14
National Poetry Review Press
Rousseau Prize for Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press, in collaboration with Dream Horse Press, is given annually for a collection of poetry or flash fiction. Profits from entry fees are...

$30 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/15/14
New Rivers Press
Many Voices Project Competition

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an emerging writer. The winning works are published by New Rivers Press and...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 11/1/14
San Miguel Writers' Conference
Writing Contest

Three prizes valued at approximately $1,000 each will be given annually for a group of poems, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay or memoir excerpt. The prize includes full tuition, lodging, an...

$30 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading, Conference Registration 11/2/14
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
Hurston/Wright Foundation
Founding Members Award for College Writers

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt by African American college students. The winners will be invited to attend the Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 12/1/14
Lascaux Review
Prize in Short Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Lascaux Review is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee by December 31. Previously published stories...

$10 Fiction $1,000 Publication 12/31/14
Literal Latté
K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two stories) by January 15, 2015. All...

$10 Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/15/15
Moment Magazine
Moment Magazine–Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and possible publication in Moment is given annually for a short story with Jewish subject matter. Submit a story of up to 7,000 words with a $15 entry fee by December 31. All...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 12/31/14
Tupelo Press
Tupelo Quarterly Prose Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tupelo Quarterly is given annually for a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to 15 pages of prose with a $20...

$20 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 11/26/14
Rubery Book Award
Short Story Competition

A prize of £600 (approximately $1,010) and publication in the Rubery Book Award anthology will be given annually for a short story. Gaynor Arnold will judge. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words with a $...

$13 Fiction $1,010 Publication 10/31/14
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
Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given quarterly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not been published in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000...
$15 Fiction $1,500 Publication 11/30/14
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...

$15 Fiction $1,500 Publication 10/31/14
Narrative
30 Below Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30...

$22 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/15/14
Ruminate
William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $20 entry fee by October 27. Visit the website for complete guidelines...

$20 Fiction $1,500 Publication 10/27/14
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. The winner also receives a case of Schlafly microbrewed beer. Submit up to three stories of no more...

$10 Fiction $1,500 Publication 12/31/14
Boulevard
Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a nationally distributed book. The editors will judge. Submit a story of up...

$15 Fiction $1,500 Publication 12/31/14
Fiction Collective Two
Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a short story collection, a novella or novella collection, or a novel. U.S. writers who have not previously published a...

$25 Fiction $1,500 Publication 11/1/14
Writers' Village
International Short Fiction Competition

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,669) and publication on the Writers' Village website is given twice yearly for a short story. John Yeoman will judge. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words by e-mail...

$25 Fiction $1,669 Publication 12/31/14
Ruth Hindman Foundation
H. E. Francis Short Story Competition

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee between December 15 and January 15, 2015. If submitting by mail, include two copies of the...

$20 Fiction $2,000 1/15/15
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Nilsen Literary Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, a novella, or a collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who has not yet published a...

$25 Fiction $2,000 Publication 11/1/14
Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Meringoff Awards

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers journal, Literary Imagination, or its newsletter, Literary Matters, are given...

$45 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 12/1/14
Glimmer Train Press
Fiction Open

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short story. A $1,000 second-place prize is also given. The editors will judge. Using the online submission...

$20 Fiction $2,500 Publication 12/31/14
Narrative
Fall Story Contest

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A second-place prize of $1,000 and...

$22 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 11/30/14
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