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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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The Word Works
Washington Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Word Works is given annually to a U.S. or Canadian poet for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by March 15. Send an...

$25 Poetry $1,500 Publication 3/15/16
Southampton Review
Frank McCourt Memoir Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southampton Review will be given annually for a personal essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee...

$10 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/16
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. CAConrad will judge in poetry and Diane Cook will judge in fiction. Using the...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/18/16
Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that "foster peace, social justice, and global...

$100 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 3/18/16
Florida Review
Editors' Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three to five poems or up to 25...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/30/16
Elixir Press
Antivenom Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Seth Brady Tucker will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $30 entry fee by...
$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
St. Petersburg Review
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in St. Petersburg Review is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
Black Lawrence Press
Hudson Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system,...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
Fish Publishing
Poetry Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,090) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at the West Cork Literary Festival in...

$15 Poetry $1,090 Reading, Publication 3/31/16
Gemini Magazine
Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $5 entry fee by March 31. Send an SASE, call...

$5 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
Banipal Trust for Arab Literature
Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $4,470) 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 $4,470 3/31/16
Four Way Books
Intro Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given biennially for a first poetry collection. The winner is also invited to participate in a reading in New York City. Vievee Francis will judge....

$30 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 3/31/16
CutBank
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by CutBank, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The editors will judge. Using the online submission...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
Narrative
Winter 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 longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-...

$23 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 3/31/16
Arts & Letters
Arts & Letters Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Carol Frost will judge in poetry, Kate Christensen will...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
Lascaux Review
Flash Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a work of flash fiction. Previously published and unpublished stories are eligible. Submit up to three stories of no...

$10 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
Bosque Press
Bosque Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in bosque is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt by a writer over the age of 40. Lynne Stegner will judge. Using the online submission system,...

$22 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Poetry Book Competitions

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center are given annually for poetry collections. The First Book Competition is open to poets who have not published a...

$28 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Essay Collection Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center is given annually for an essay collection. Chris Kraus will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

$28 Poetry, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/16
Ashland Poetry Press
Richard Snyder Publication Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ashland Poetry Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Andrew Hudgins will judge. Submit a manuscript of 64 to 96 pages with a $25 entry...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/1/16
Poetry International
Poetry International Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. Sam Taylor will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem) by...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/1/16
Saturnalia Books
Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000, publication by Saturnalia Books, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. D. A. Powell will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at...

$30 Poetry $2,000 Publication 4/1/16
Zone 3 Press
First Book Award for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a debut poetry collection. Douglas Kearney will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee, which includes...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/1/16
Passaic County Community College
Paterson Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a novel or short story collection published in the previous year. Publishers may submit two copies of a book published in 2015 by April 1. There is no entry fee....

$0 Fiction $1,000 4/1/16
Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm
Frost Farm Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Evansville Review is given annually for a poem written in a metrical form. The winner also receives a scholarship and honorarium to attend and read at the...

$5 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/1/16
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