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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
phren-Z
Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest

Sponsored in collaboration with Santa Cruz Writes, a prize of $1,000 and publication in phren-Z is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at the fifth annual...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 9/1/14
University of Notre Dame
Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a short story collection. Writers who have published at least one short story collection are eligible....

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/14
Gulf Coast
Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a piece of short prose. Amy Hempel will judge. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to 500...

$17 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 8/31/14
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Winners and finalists are invited to read their poems at Beyond Baroque in October. Submit up to four poems of no more than 40 lines each with a $20 entry...

$20 Poetry $1,000 9/1/14
Black Warrior Review
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Richard Siken will judge in poetry, Lily Hoang will judge in...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/14
Hunger Mountain
Creative Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Hunger Mountain website is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Submit an essay of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by September 10....

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/10/14
Rattle
Poetry Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a poem. A Reader's Choice Award of $1,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Submit up to four poems of any length with a $...

$20 Poetry $5,000 Publication 7/15/14
A Room of Her Own Foundation
To the Lighthouse Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a woman writer. The winner will also receive up to $1,000 in travel and promotional expenses. C. D. Wright...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/31/14
Arcadia
Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Arcadia, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 15 to 35 pages with a $20 entry fee by August 15. All entries are...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 8/15/14
Arcadia
Fiction Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Arcadia, and 25 author copies will be given annually for a fiction chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 30 to 45 pages with a $20 entry fee by August 15. All...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 8/15/14
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press will be given annually for a novel, a novella, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir. The winner will also receive up to $1,000 in...

$20 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/31/14
Cincinnati Review
Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Cincinnati Review will be given annually for a poem and a piece of fiction or creative nonfiction. Don Bogen will judge in poetry; Michael...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/15/14
Indiana Review
"1/2 K" Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a piece of flash fiction of up to 500 words. Carol Guess will judge. Submit up to three poems or pieces of...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 8/15/14
Munster Literature Centre
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,753) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a...

$21 Fiction $2,753 Publication 7/31/14
Narrative
Spring Story Contest

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place...

$22 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 7/31/14
Narrative
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem or group of poems. The poetry editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $...

$22 Poetry $1,500 Publication 7/20/14
Les Figues Press
NOS Book Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press is given annually for an innovative book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Cross-genre collections are also eligible. Fanny Howe will judge...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/15/14
Farmingdale State College
Paumanok Poetry Award

A prize of $1,500 and travel and lodging expenses to give a reading at Farmingdale State College is given annually for a group of poems. Submit three to five published or unpublished poems totaling no...

$25 Poetry $1,500 Reading 9/15/14
Gival Press
Short Story Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Gival Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 5,000 to 15,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 8. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 8/8/14
Journal of Experimental Fiction
Kenneth Patchen Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction/Depth Charge Publishing is given annually for an innovative novel. James Chapman will judge. Submit a manuscript of any...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 7/31/14
Off the Grid Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Off the Grid Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet over the age of 60. Tam Lin Neville and Bert Stern will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 70...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 8/31/14
Red Hen Press
Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Douglas Kearney will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 96 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. Call or...

$25 Poetry $3,000 Publication 8/31/14
Snake Nation Press
Serena McDonald Kennedy Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a novella or short story collection. Submit a novella of up to 50,000 words or a short story collection of up to 200 pages...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 8/31/14
Snake Nation Press
Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 75 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. E-mail or visit the website...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 8/31/14
The Word Works
Tenth Gate Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Word Works will be given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published two or more books. Leslie McGrath will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/15/14
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