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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
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. The winner is invited to give a reading in October at Morehead State University....

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading 12/7/15
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 12/31/15
Tony Quagliano Poetry Fund
International Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 is given biennially to an experimental or avant-garde poet. Poets who have published at least one poetry collection or 20 poems in five or more journals or anthologies are eligible....

$0 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 12/1/15
Three Percent
Best Translated Book Awards

Two awards of $10,000 each are 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 12/31/15
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 12/2/15
Fourteen Hills
Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award

A prize of $500 and publication in Fourteen Hills is given annually for a poem. Chet Wiener will judge. Using the online submission system, submit one poem of three to ten pages by January 15,...

$0 Poetry $500 Publication 1/15/16
African Poetry Book Fund
Sillerman First Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal is given annually for a debut poetry collection by a poet who was born in Africa, is an African national or...

$0 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/1/15
Australian Book Review
Peter Porter Poetry Prize

A prize of $5,000 Australian (approximately $3,500) and publication in Australian Book Review will be given annually for a poem. The winner will also receive Arthur Boyd's etching and aquatint "...

$0 Poetry $5,000 Publication 12/1/15
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Self-Publishing Literary Awards

Two prizes of $500 each will be given annually for a poetry e-book and a fiction e-book by an African American writer self-published in the United States during the previous year. The awards honor books...

$0 Poetry, Fiction $500 12/18/15
Langum Charitable Trust
David J. Langum Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the previous year. Publishers or authors may submit a book (or bound galleys) published in 2015 by December 1. There...

$0 Fiction $1,000 12/1/15
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 or three fiction writers or creative nonfiction writers. The fellows will give one public...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 Reading, Residency 1/2/16
University of Notre Dame
Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a poetry collection by a Latino poet who has not yet published a book. The winner is also invited to give a...

$0 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 1/15/16
University of Evansville
Willis Barnstone Translation Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem translated from any language into English. Willis Barnstone will judge. Submit up to 10 translated poems of up to 200 lines each, along with each original...

$5 Poetry $1,000 12/1/15
Gemini Magazine
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $5 entry fee by January 2, 2016. Send an...

$5 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/2/16
Munster Literature Center
Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,120), publication in Southword, and a weeklong residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, is given annually for a poem. The winner...

$6 Poetry $1,120 Reading, Publication, Residency 11/30/15
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