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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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Fordham University at Lincoln Center
Poets Out Loud Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Fordham University Press are given annually for poetry collections. Elisabeth Frost and C. D. Wright will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

$28 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/1/15
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 11/1/15
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 published a novel....

$25 Fiction $2,000 Publication 11/1/15
Santa Fe Writers Project
Literary Awards

A prize of $1,500 and publication with the Santa Fe Writers Project is given annually for a short story or essay collection, novel, or memoir. Two runners-up will also receive $1,000 each and publication...

$30 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/1/15
Sow's Ear Poetry Review
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sow's Ear Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Ron Smith will judge. Submit up to five poems with a $27 entry fee, which includes a subscription to...

$27 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/1/15
Washington Writers' Publishing House
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

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

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/15
Alice James Books
Alice James Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet residing in the United States. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $30 entry fee by...

$30 Poetry $2,000 Publication 11/1/15
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, novella, novella collection, or novel. U.S. writers who have not previously published a book...

$25 Fiction $1,500 Publication 11/1/15
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 11/1/15
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 11/1/15
Coal Hill Review
Poetry Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Coal Hill Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winning work will also appear in Coal Hill Review online. Michael Simms will judge....

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/1/15
Malahat Review
Open Season Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,155) each and publication in Malahat Review will be given annually for a group of three poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three...

$40 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/1/15
Reed Magazine
Gabriele Rico Challenge in Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,333 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a...

$15 Creative Nonfiction $1,333 Publication 11/1/15
Reed Magazine
John Steinbeck Fiction 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 11/1/15
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 11/2/15
Ohio University Press
Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Ohio University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 95 pages with a $30 entry fee by November 15. Call or visit the website...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/15
Perugia Press
Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a woman. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 85 pages with a $26 entry fee by November 15. Send an...
$26 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/15
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 11/15/15
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...

$23 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/15/15
Arcadia
Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication in Arcadia, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winning chapbook will be distributed to all Arcadia subscribers. Submit a...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/15
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 creative nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the borough's "rich...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $500 Reading, Publication 11/15/15
Nightboat Books
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Nightboat Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Kazim Ali will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $28 entry fee by November 15. All...

$28 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/15
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 annu-ally for a collection of poetry or flash fiction. Profits from entry fees are...

$30 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/15/15
Formalist
Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award

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

$3 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/15
Hit & Run Press
William Dickey Memorial Broadside Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication as a broadside by Hit & Run Press will be given annually for a poem. Forrest Gander will judge. Submit a poem between 12 to 30 lines with a $10 entry fee by November...

$10 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/15
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