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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 Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
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
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
Colorado Review
Colorado Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Colorado State University employees, students, and alumni are ineligible. Laura...

$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 1/14/15
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
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
Ellen Meloy Fund
Desert Writers Award

A prize of $3,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer "whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Meloy's writing" to spend creative time in a desert...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $3,000 1/15/15
Asheville Poetry Review
William Matthews Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to read at Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina. Garrett...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/15/15
University of Mississippi
Summer Poet-in-Residence Award

A one-month residency, which includes a $3,000 honorarium, is given annually to a poet who is working on a manuscript to live and work in Oxford, Mississippi, near the University of Mississippi campus....

$0 Poetry $3,000 Reading, Residency 1/15/15
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
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
Jewish Currents
Raynes Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a single poem on the theme of "World to Come." The work of the winning poet and 36 finalists will also be published in...

$18 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/15/15
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
Fourteen Hills
Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award

A prize of $500 and publication in Fourteen Hills is given annually for a single poem. Chet Wiener will judge. Using the online submission system, submit 3 to 10 pages of poetry by January 15....

$0 Poetry $500 Publication 1/15/15
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
Omnidawn Publishing
Open Poetry Book Contest

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Mary Jo Bang will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages with a $27 entry...

$27 Poetry $3,000 Publication 1/20/15
Unterberg Poetry Center
“Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prizes

Four prizes of $500 each and publication in Boston Review are given annually for a group of poems. Winners also receive transportation to and lodging in New York City to give a reading at the...

$12 Poetry $500 Reading, Publication 1/23/15
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
PRISM
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 Canadian (approximately $879) and publication in PRISM will be given annually for a poem. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $40 entry fee ($5 for each additional...

$40 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/23/15
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
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
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
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
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
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
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