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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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University of Iowa Press
Short Fiction Awards

Two awards of publication by University of Iowa Press are given annually for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible. Submit a manuscript of at...

$0 Fiction Publication 9/30/16
Before Columbus Foundation
American Book Awards
Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize "outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America's diverse literary community."...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction 12/31/16
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) published during the previous year. Prizes are also given...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction 12/23/16
American Antiquarian Society
Fellowships for Creative Writers

At least three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for four-week residencies at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) in Worcester, Massachusetts,...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction 10/5/16
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 12/1/16
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, have lived in Texas for at least three years, or who...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction 1/15/16
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 12/1/16
University of Iowa Press
Iowa Prize in Literary Nonfiction

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for an essay collection. Meghan Daum will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40,000 to 90,000 words with a $10 entry fee by December 10. Visit the...

$10 Creative Nonfiction $10 Publication 12/10/16
University of Iowa Press
Iowa Poetry Prize

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20 entry fee during the month of April. Call or visit the website for...

$20 Poetry $20 Publication 4/30/16
Yale University Press
Yale Series of Younger Poets
An award of publication by Yale University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an early-career poet who has not published a full-length book of poetry. Carl Phillips will judge. Submit a...
$25 Poetry $25 Publication 11/15/16
The Writer's Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receive a $250...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $250 Reading 6/17/16
Frost Place
Chapbook Competition

A prize of $250, publication by Bull City Press, 10 author copies, and a fellowship to attend the Frost Place Poetry Seminar (valued at $1,550) is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also...

$28 Poetry $250 Publication 1/5/17
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 1/9/17
Center for Book Arts
Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive an additional $500 to give a reading at the Center for Book...

$25 Poetry $500 Reading, Publication 12/15/16
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 12/16/16
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
North Carolina Humanities Council
Linda Flowers Literary Award

A prize of $500 and a weeklong residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina, is given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction that...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 Residency 7/15/15
Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival
Brooklyn Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the borough's "rich soul and...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $500 Reading, Publication 11/15/16
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
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 2015 by March 11....

$0 Fiction $500 3/11/16
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
Bethesda Literary Festival
Writing Contests

Two prizes of $500 each will be given annually for a short story and an essay. The winning short story and essay will be published in Bethesda Magazine. Residents of Maryland's Montgomery county...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 Publication 1/23/15
Broadside Lotus Press
Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award

A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript between 60 to 90 pages between January 2...

$0 Poetry $500 Publication 3/1/16
Little Tokyo Historical Society
Short Story Contest

A prize of $500 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website is given annually for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. Submit a story...

$0 Fiction $500 Publication 1/31/16
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 1/25/16
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