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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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Fresno State University
Philip Levine Prize in Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives $500 and lodging to give a reading at Fresno State. C. G....

$25 Poetry $2,000 Reading, Publication 9/30/15
Red Hen Press
Wild Light Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Los Angeles Review is given annually for a poem. Amy Uyematsu will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 200 lines each with a $25 entry fee by...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/15/15
Red Hen Press
Graphic Novel Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a graphic novel. Kate Gale will judge. Submit a manuscript of 75 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Call or visit...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/31/15
Travelers' Tales
Solas Awards

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the annual anthology The Best Travel Writing and on the Travelers' Tales website will be given annually for a travel essay. Writers from Arizona and Vermont...

$25 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/21/15
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
Manchester Metropolitan University
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of £10,000 (approximately $15,550) each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The winners will be invited to an award ceremony in Manchester in November. Olivia Cole, Kei...

$27 Poetry, Fiction $15,550 9/25/15
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
University of Arkansas Press
Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Billy Collins will judge. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 90 pages with a $28 entry fee by...

$28 Poetry $5,000 Publication 9/30/15
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
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
Ohio State University Press
Journal Award in Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Ohio State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $28 entry...

$28 Poetry $2,500 Publication 9/30/15
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
Persea Books
Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a first poetry collection by a woman who is a U.S. citizen. The winner also receives a six-week, all-expenses-paid residency at the...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/31/15
Red Mountain Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Mountain Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Denise Low will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $30 entry fee ($27 for electronic...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 9/15/15
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
Elixir Press
Poetry Awards

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. A second-place prize of $1,000 and publication is also awarded. Adrian Matejka will judge. Submit a manuscript...

$30 Poetry $2,000 Publication 10/31/15
Hackney Literary Awards
Novel Contest

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

$30 Fiction $5,000 9/30/15
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
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
Comstock Review
Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given biennially for a poetry chapbook. Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton will judge. Submit a manuscript of 25 to 34 pages...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/31/15
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 11/1/15
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
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
Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year....

$50 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 10/1/15
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 11/1/15
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