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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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Sponsor and Award Entry Fee Genre Cash Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline
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
Poetry Society of America
Robert H. Winner Memorial Award

A prize of $2,500 and publication of one poem on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Submit two copies of 10 to 15 pages of...

$15 Poetry $2,500 Publication 12/22/14
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
Elixir Press
Poetry Awards

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. A second prize of $1,500 and publication is also awarded. Sarah Kennedy will judge. Submit a manuscript of at...

$30 Poetry $2,500 Publication 10/31/14
American Poetry Review
Honickman First Book Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by American Poetry Review is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winning book is distributed by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium. C. D....

$25 Poetry $3,000 Publication 10/31/14
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Career Development Grants

Grants of up to $3,000 are given twice yearly to allow Minnesota writers to take advantage of a specific arts opportunity. Poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are U.S. citizens...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 10/31/14
Ellen Meloy Fund
Desert Writers Award

A prize of $3,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer "whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Meloy's writing" to spend creative time in a desert...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $3,000 1/15/15
Tupelo Press
Dorset Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages with a $28 entry fee by December 31. All entries are considered for...

$28 Poetry $3,000 Publication 12/31/14
Waywiser Press
Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading...

$25 Poetry $3,000 Reading, Publication 12/1/14
Writer's Digest
Short Short Story Competition

A prize of $3,000, publication in Writer's Digest, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Writer's Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A second-place...

$20 Fiction $3,000 Publication, Travel Expenses, Conference Registration 11/17/14
Omnidawn Publishing
Open Poetry Book Contest

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Mary Jo Bang will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages with a $27 entry...

$27 Poetry $3,000 Publication 12/31/14
Friends of American Writers
Literary Award

A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who previously resided in the...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $4,000 12/10/14
Fish Publishing
Fish Short Story Prize

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $4,010) and publication in the annual Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words either by mail with a €22 (...

$29 Fiction $4,010 Publication 11/30/14
Academy of American Poets
Walt Whitman Award

A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen who has not...

$35 Poetry $5,000 Publication, Residency 11/1/14
American Library Association
W. Y. Boyd Literary Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous year that is set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven copies of a book published...

$0 Fiction $5,000 12/1/14
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 12/31/14
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 editor and agent also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the First Novelist Festival...
$0 Fiction $5,000 1/14/15
Black Balloon Publishing
Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Black Balloon Publishing will be given annually for a short story collection or a novel. The editors will judge. Submit an unpublished manuscript of at least 50,000...

$0 Fiction $5,000 Publication 10/31/14
Fence Books
Ottoline Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Fence Books will be given annually for a poetry collection by a woman who has published at least one book of poetry. Using the online submission system, submit a...

$28 Poetry $5,000 Publication 11/30/14
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 Chautauqua...

$75 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $7,500 12/31/14
Poetry Society of the United Kingdom
National Poetry Competition

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $8,429) and publication in Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in the U.K. A second-...

$10 Poetry $8,429 Publication 10/31/14
Cleveland Foundation
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

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

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 12/31/14
University of North Texas
Rilke Prize

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a book published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. The winner also receives airfare and lodging to give readings at the University of North Texas and the...

$0 Poetry $10,000 Reading, Travel Expenses 11/30/14
French-American Foundation
Translation Prizes

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. A...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 1/15/15
Three Percent
Best Translated Book Awards

Two awards of $10,000 each will be given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or novel translated into English for the first time and published in the previous year. The winning...

$0 Poetry, Fiction $10,000 11/14/14
PEN New England
PEN/Hemingway Award

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a debut novel or short story collection published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives a residency fellowship at the Ucross...

$40 Fiction $10,000 Residency 12/31/14
San José State University
Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing

A one-year residency at San José State University, which includes a stipend of $10,000, is given annually to two to three fiction writers or creative nonfiction writers. The fellows will give one public...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 Reading, Residency 1/2/15
National Endowment for the Arts
Translation Fellowships

Grants of $12,500 and $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published at least 20 pages of translation in literary...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $12,500 12/8/14
The Moth
Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

A prize of €10,000 (approximately $13,387) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a poem. Three runner-up prizes of €1,000 (approximately $1,339) each are also given. The winners will...

$16 Poetry $13,387 Publication 12/31/14
Fiction Collective Two
Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a short story collection, a novella or novella collection, or a novel. U.S....

$25 Fiction $15,000 Publication 11/1/14
The Story Prize
The Story Prize

A prize of $20,000 is given annually for a short story collection written in English and first published in the United States in the previous year. Two runners-up will receive $5,000 each, and one...

$75 Fiction $20,000 11/15/14
American-Scandinavian Foundation
Writing Fellowships and Grants

Fellowships of up to $23,000 and grants of up to $5,000 are given annually to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators for study and research in Scandinavia. For travel in...

$60 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $23,000 11/1/14
Stanford University
Wallace Stegner Fellowships

Ten two-year fellowships, five in poetry and five in fiction, are given annually to allow emerging writers to develop their craft in workshops with senior faculty members at Stanford University. Each...

$75 Poetry, Fiction $26,000 12/1/14
Washington College
Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is given annually to a...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $45,000 Residency 11/1/14
Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry
Griffin Poetry Prize

Two prizes of $65,000 Canadian (approximately $59,506) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator. Tim Bowling, Fanny Howe...

$0 Poetry $65,000 12/31/14
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