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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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Great Lakes Colleges Association
New Writers Awards

Three prizes are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer to honor their first published books. The winners are also invited to visit several of the 13 GLCA colleges,...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 7/25/16
Stone Canoe
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $500 each are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer who have a connection to upstate New York. A prize of $500 is also given annually to a U.S....

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 7/8/16
University of North Texas Press
Katherine Anne Porter Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 100 to 200 pages with a $...
$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 6/30/16
Bellevue Literary Review
Prizes in Poetry and Prose

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works about health, healing, illness...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/1/16
New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal's website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay that have...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/31/16
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. Hoa Nguyen will judge in poetry, Sofia Samatar will judge in...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/16
Gemini Magazine
Flash Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of up to 1,000 words with a $5 entry fee ($4 for each...

$5 Fiction $1,000 Publication 8/31/16
Gival Press
Short Story Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Gival Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 5,000 to 15,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 8. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 8/8/16
Journal of Experimental Fiction
Kenneth Patchen Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction/Depth Charge Publishing is given annually for an innovative novel. Dominic Ward will judge. Submit a manuscript of any length...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 7/31/16
PEN Center USA
Emerging Voices Fellowships

Fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who lack access to financial and creative support. Each fellow participates in an eight-...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 8/1/16
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 9/5/16
Snake Nation Press
Serena McDonald Kennedy Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novella. Submit a story collection of up to 200 pages or a novella of up to 50,000 words with a...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 8/31/16
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 7/24/16
Autumn House Press
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner also receives a $1,500...

$30 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 6/30/16
Fairy Tale Review
Awards in Poetry and Prose

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fairy Tale Review are given annually for a group of poems and a work of fiction or creative nonfiction influenced by fairy tales. Traci Brimhall will...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/15/16
Hidden River Arts
William Van Wert Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction (and a synopsis if submitting a novel excerpt) with a $17...

$17 Fiction $1,000 6/30/16
Cincinnati Review
Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose

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

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/15/16
Gulf Coast
Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a piece of short prose. Jim Shepard will judge. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to 500...

$18 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 8/31/16
Indiana Review
"1/2 K" Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a work of flash fiction or nonfiction of up to 500 words. Aimee Nezhukumatathil will judge. Submit up to three...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 8/15/16
Mark Twain House & Museum
Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a humorous short story or essay. Excerpts of the winning piece will be published on the Mark Twain House & Museum website. Using the online submission system,...

$23 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 7/10/16
StoryQuarterly
Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in StoryQuarterly is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6,250 words with a $15 entry...

$15 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 8/1/16
Red Hen Press
Graphic Novel Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a graphic novel. Kate Gale will judge. Submit a manuscript of 75 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31, 2016. Call or...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/31/16
Engine Books
Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Engine Books will be given annually for a short story collection, a novella collection, or a novel. Alix Ohlin will judge. Using the online submission system, submit...

$30 Fiction $1,000 Publication 6/30/16
Black Lawrence Press
St. Lawrence Book Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Black Lawrence Press is given annually for a debut collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a poetry...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 8/31/16
Red Hen Press
Fiction and Nonfiction Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Red Hen Press are given annually for a short story collection or novel and an essay collection or memoir. Steve Almond will judge in fiction; Pope Brock will...

$20 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/16
Slippery Elm
Prizes in Poetry and Prose

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/16
New Guard
Poetry and Fiction Contest

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Guard are given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt. Stephen Dunn will judge the Knightville Poetry Contest; Sarah Braunstein...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $1,500 Publication 8/15/16
Winning Writers
North Street Book Prize

Three prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for self-published books of fiction, genre fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners also receive publication of an excerpt on the Winning Writers...

$50 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 6/30/16
Glimmer Train Press
Very Short Fiction Award

A prize of $2,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 300...

$16 Fiction $2,000 Publication 8/31/16
Masters Review
Short Story Award for New Writers

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by a writer who has not published a novel (writers who have published story collections are eligible...

$20 Fiction $2,000 Publication 7/15/16
Munster Literature Centre
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,260) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a...

$17 Fiction $2,260 Publication 7/31/16
Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given three times yearly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,...
$18 Fiction $2,500 Publication 6/30/16
Leeway Foundation
Art and Change Grants

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly by the Leeway Foundation to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 8/1/16
Narrative
Spring 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 work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place...

$24 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 7/31/16
Glimmer Train Press
Fiction Open

A prize of $3,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also given. Using the online...

$21 Fiction $3,000 Publication 8/31/16
The Moth
International Short Story Prize

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,330) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of publication, a weeklong retreat at the Circle of Missé in Missé...

$13 Fiction $3,330 Publication 6/30/16
Delaware Division of the Arts
Individual Artist Fellowships

Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and Emerging Artist Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Delaware poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $6,000 8/1/16
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...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $6,000 9/2/16
Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

A prize of $10,000 is given annually to an emerging African American writer for a short story collection or novel published in the current year. The winner will also receive travel and lodging expenses...

$0 Fiction $10,000 8/15/16
University of Pittsburgh Press
Drue Heinz Literature Prize

A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Writers who have published at least one previous book of fiction or a minimum of...

$0 Fiction $15,000 Publication 6/30/16
The Story Prize
The Story Prize

A prize of $20,000 is given annually to honor a short story collection written in English and published in the United States in the previous year. Two runners-up receive $5,000 each. The $1,000 Story...

$75 Fiction $20,000 7/15/16
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 11/2/16

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