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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.

Sponsor and Award Entry Feesort icon Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
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
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
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
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
Binghamton University
Book Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry collection of at least 48 pages....

$0 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 3/1/15
Brown University
International Writers Project Fellowship

A fellowship, including a stipend of $45,000, is given annually to an established international poet or fiction writer "who is unable to practice free expression in his or her homeland." The fellowship...

$0 Poetry, Fiction $45,000 2/15/15
Ohioana Library Association
Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant

A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an Ohio fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer under the age of 30 who has not published a book. Writers born in Ohio or who have lived in Ohio for a minimum...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 1/31/15
Tennessee Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships

Up to three grants of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are financially compensated for their work as professional artists and are current...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 1/26/15
Banipal Trust for Arab Literature
Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $4,713) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English and published for the first time in English during the previous year....

$0 Poetry, Fiction $4,713 2/28/15
Library of Virginia
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year. Books by writers who were born in or are...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 2/12/15
Mississippi Arts Commission
Literary Artist Fellowships

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in creative nonfiction....

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 3/2/15
Alabama State Council on the Arts
Individual Artist Grants

Fellowships of $5,000 are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using the online submission system,...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 3/1/15
Washington College
Hodson-Brown Fellowship

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) working on a book relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $20,000 3/15/15
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
Center for Fiction
New York City Emerging Writers Fellowship

Fellowships of $4,000 each, membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and unlimited access to the center's Writers' Studio is given annually to fiction writers living in New York City who...

$0 Fiction $4,000 1/31/15
Stadler Center for Poetry
Philip Roth Residencies

Two four-month residencies, each of which include a $4,000 stipend, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given in alternating years to poets, fiction writers, and creative...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $4,000 2/1/15
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
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
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
Bronx Council on the Arts
BRIO Artist Awards

Grants of $3,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who reside in the Bronx in New York City. Winners must complete a one-time public service activity as...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 1/30/15
Caine Prize
Caine Prize

A prize of £10,000 (approximately $15,712) is given annually for a previously published short story by an African writer. Shortlisted candidates will receive £500 (approximately $786) and some travel...

$0 Fiction $15,712 1/31/15
Colgate University
Olive B. O'Connor Fellowships

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $37,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, will be given biennially to a fiction writer and a creative nonfiction writer...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $37,500 Reading 2/1/15
Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission
United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies

Up to five residencies of three to five months, each of which include a monthly stipend of $20,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support, are awarded annually to published U.S. poets,...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $20,000 2/2/15
Little Tokyo Historical Society
Short Story Contest

A prize of $600 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website will be given annually for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. Submit a...

$0 Fiction $600 Publication 1/31/15
National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships

Grants of $25,000 each are awarded annually to poets or prose writers in alternating years. This year grants will be awarded to prose writers. Fiction and creative nonfiction writers who have published...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $25,000 3/11/15
University of Rochester
Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the previous year by a woman who is a U.S. citizen. Publishers may submit four copies of a novel or collection of short fiction...

$0 Fiction $7,500 2/1/15
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...

$3 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/24/15
Playboy
College Fiction Contest

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Playboy is given annually for a short story. Fiction writers currently enrolled in college are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit a short...

$5 Fiction $3,000 Publication 2/13/15
River Styx
Schlafly Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a short short story. The winner also receives a case of Schlafly microbrewed beer. Submit up to three stories of no more...

$10 Fiction $1,500 Publication 12/31/14
Memphis
Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Memphis magazine is given annually for a short story by a writer living within 150 miles of Memphis, Tennessee. Submit a story of 3,000 to 4,500 words with a...

$10 Fiction $1,000 Publication 2/1/15
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...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $6,000 2/27/15
Winter Anthology
Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a single story or essay, or a full-length novel, novella, or collection of poetry, short stories, or...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/15
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
Colorado Review
Nelligan Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Lauren Groff will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $15 entry fee by March 14. All entries are...

$15 Fiction $2,000 Publication 3/14/15
Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given quarterly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000....
$15 Fiction $1,500 Publication 2/28/15
Glimmer Train Press
Very Short Fiction Award
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given quarterly for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 3,000 words with a $15 entry fee by...
$15 Fiction $1,500 Publication 1/31/15
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Orlando Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by women writers. Submit a poem of no more...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/15
Chattahoochee Review
Lamar York Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. David James Poissant will judge in fiction; Marcia Aldrich will judge in...

$15 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/15
Boulevard
Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a nationally distributed book. The editors will judge. Submit a story of up...

$15 Fiction $1,500 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
Arcadia
Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Arcadia is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 12,000 words with a $15...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 2/1/15
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
CURA
Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action will be given annually for a short story based on a theme. The theme this year is "Borderlands." Using the online...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 2/28/15
Third Coast
Poetry and Fiction Contest

Two awards of $1,000 each and publication in Third Coast are given annually for a poem and a short story. Ralph Angel will judge the Third Coast Poetry Prize, and Stuart Dybek will judge the...

$16 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/15/15
Fish Publishing
Flash Fiction Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,248) and publication in the 2015 Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. Bret Anthony Johnston will judge. Submit a story of up to 300...

$17 Fiction $1,248 Publication 2/28/15
The Pinch
Literary Awards

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Pinch is given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems or a short story or essay of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/1/15
Kore Press
Short Fiction Award

A prize of $1,250, publication by Kore Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a short story by a female-identified writer. Roxane Gay will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

$20 Fiction $1,250 Publication 2/14/15
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
Ruth Hindman Foundation
H. E. Francis Short Story Competition

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee between December 15 and January 15, 2015. If submitting by mail, include two copies of the...

$20 Fiction $2,000 1/15/15
New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given for a poem, a work of fiction, a work of short short fiction, and a work of nonfiction (including creative...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/15
Iowa Review
Iowa Review Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Srikanth Reddy will judge in poetry, Kevin Brockmeier will...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 1/31/15
Enizagam
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Enizagam are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Chinaka Hodge will judge in poetry and Taiye Selasi will judge in fiction. Using...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/1/15
Crazyhorse
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Alberto Ros will judge in poetry; Adam Johnson will judge in fiction;...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 1/31/15
Southern Illinois University
Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in October 2015 are given annually...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading 2/2/15
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
Wag's Revue
Winter Writers' Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Wag's Revue is given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, or an essay. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 2/28/15
Ohio State University Press
Non/Fiction Collection Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Ohio State University Press will be given annually for a collection of short fiction or nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit a collection of short...

$20 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 2/14/15
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 1/15/15
Gulf Coast
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or a story or essay...

$23 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 3/15/15
BkMk Press
Ciardi/Chandra Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 110 pages of poetry or 125 to 300 pages of...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/15/15
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women

Grants of up to $1,500 are given twice yearly to feminist writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants will be awarded to fiction writers. Using the online...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 12/31/14
Symphony Space
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,000 and tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop is given annually for a short story. The winning work will be published on the Electric...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Workshop 3/15/15
Writers at Work
Fellowship Competition

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or a novel excerpt, and an essay. The winners will also be published in Quarterly West and will receive tuition...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 1/31/15
Black Lawrence Press
Big Moose Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 90 to 1,000...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/15
Hidden River Publishing
Eludia Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Sowilo Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, and 10 author copies is given annually for a first novel or short story collection by a woman over the age of 40 who...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/15
Schaffner Press
Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that "deals in some way with the...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 12/31/14
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Milton Postgraduate Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, including a $16,000 stipend, is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. Writers who are U.S. citizens and have...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $16,000 Reading, Residency 3/15/15
Writers' Village
International Short Fiction Competition

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,669) and publication on the Writers' Village website is given twice yearly for a short story. John Yeoman will judge. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words by e-mail...

$25 Fiction $1,669 Publication 12/31/14
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
North Carolina Writers' Network
Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story. The winning story is considered for publication in Thomas Wolfe Review. Submit two copies of a story of up to 12 pages with a $25 entry fee...

$25 Fiction $1,000 1/30/15
Northern Colorado Writers
Top of the Mountain Book Award

Two prizes of $1,000 each will be given annually for a novel and a book of creative nonfiction. The manuscript does not need to be completed at the time of entry, but the estimated word count of the...

$25 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 2/1/15
Prairie Schooner
Book Prizes

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Kwame Dawes will judge. Submit a poetry manuscript of at...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $3,000 Publication 3/15/15
Sarabande Books
Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages...

$27 Poetry, Fiction $2,000 Publication 2/15/15
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Award Series

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by a...

$30 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,500 Publication 2/28/15
James Jones Literary Society
First Novel Fellowship
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work is published in Provincetown Arts, and the winner also...
$30 Fiction $10,000 3/15/15
Balcones Center for Creative Writing
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three copies of a book published in 2014 (...

$30 Poetry, Fiction $1,500 1/31/15
PEN Center USA
Literary Awards

Prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation published in 2014 by authors residing west of the Mississippi River. The winners will also...

$35 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 12/31/14
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
PRISM
Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $2,000 Canadian (approximately $1,758) and publication in PRISM will be given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $40 entry fee ($5 for each...

$40 Fiction $2,000 Publication 1/23/15
University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of $30,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to five writers working on a first or second book of poetry or...

$50 Poetry, Fiction $30,000 Reading, Workshop, Residency 2/28/15
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

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