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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 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
Measure Press
Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry is given annually for a sonnet. R. S. Gwynn will judge. Submit a sonnet with a $3 entry fee by November 15. Send an SASE...

$3 Poetry $1,000 Publication 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
Tupelo Press
Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $24 entry fee by October 31. Send an SASE or visit the website for...

$24 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/31/14
Wild Leaf Press
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Wild Leaf Press Poetry Annual 2014 will be given biennially for a single poem. Baron Wormser will judge. Submit a poem of up to 120 lines with a $25...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/31/14
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
Hunger Mountain
Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hunger Mountain is given annually for a poem. Submit up to three poems with a $20 entry fee by December 10. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/10/14
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
Jewish Currents
Raynes Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a single poem on the theme of "World to Come." The work of the winning poet and 36 finalists will also be published in...

$18 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/15/15
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
Prairie Schooner
Sillerman First Book Prize

Sponsored by the African Poetry Book Fund in partnership with Prairie Schooner, a prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal will be given...

$0 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/1/14
Public Poetry
ARTlines2 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 will be given triennially for an ekphrastic poem inspired by a piece of art selected by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The winner and runners-up will be invited to a reading and...

$16 Poetry $1,000 Publication, Reading 11/12/14
Quercus Review Press
Fall Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Quercus Review Press, and 15 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Stella Beratlis will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 120 pages with a $25 entry...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/12/14
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
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
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 creative nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the borough's "rich...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $500 Reading, Publication 11/15/14
Society of Classical Poets
Poetry Competition

A prize of $500 is given annually for a group of three to five poems on a theme. For this year's contest, one poem must address either the struggles of the Chinese people under communism or the...

$0 Poetry $500 12/31/14
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
The 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 $1,450) is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also...

$25 Poetry $250 Publication, Fellowship, Residency 12/31/14
Yale University Press
Yale Series of Younger Poets

A publication award is given annually by Yale University Press to a poet under the age of 40 who has not published a book-length collection of poetry. Carl Phillips will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48...

$25 Poetry Publication 11/15/14
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
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