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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
Writer's Digest
Short Short Story Competition

A prize of $3,000, publication in Writer's Digest, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Writer's Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A second-place...

$20 Fiction $3,000 Publication, Travel Expenses, Conference Registration 11/17/14
Poetry International
C. P. Cavafy Poetry Prize

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

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/21/14
PRISM
Creative Nonfiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,376) and publication in PRISM will be given annually for an essay. Submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $40 entry fee by November 21. All...

$40 Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/21/14
Tupelo Press
Tupelo Quarterly Prose Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tupelo Quarterly is given annually for a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to 15 pages of prose with a $20...

$20 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 11/26/14
Tampa Review
Danahy Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of 500 to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/30/14
Bear Star Press
Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bear Star Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a writer residing in a state west of the central time zone. The editors will judge. Using the online...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/14
BOA Editions
A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a first book of poetry by a U.S. citizen. Mary Szybist will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

$25 Poetry $1,500 Publication 11/30/14
Cider Press Review
Book Award

A prize of $1,500, publication by Cider Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Jeffrey Harrison will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee,...

$25 Poetry $1,500 Publication 11/30/14
New Issues Poetry & Prose
Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,000 and publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose is given annually for a first poetry collection. Poets who have not published a poetry collection of more than 48 pages are eligible. Major...
$20 Poetry $2,000 Publication 11/30/14
White Pine Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 80 pages with a $20 entry fee by November 30. Send an SASE...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/14
Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given quarterly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not been published in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000...
$15 Fiction $1,500 Publication 11/30/14
DIAGRAM
Essay Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in DIAGRAM is given annually for an essay. Hybrid elements and unique textual, formal, or visual elements are encouraged, but not required. Ander Monson and...

$17 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 11/30/14
Narrative
Fall 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 prose. A second-place prize of $1,000 and...

$22 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 11/30/14
University of North Texas
Rilke Prize

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a book published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. The winner also receives airfare and lodging to give readings at the University of North Texas and the...

$0 Poetry $10,000 Reading, Travel Expenses 11/30/14
Bright Hill Press
Poetry Book Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bright Hill Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $25 entry fee by November 30. All entries...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/14
Burnside Review Press
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Burnside Review Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/14
Fish Publishing
Fish Short Story Prize

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $4,010) and publication in the annual Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words either by mail with a €22 (...

$29 Fiction $4,010 Publication 11/30/14
Munster Literature Center
Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,339), publication in Southword, and a weeklong residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, is given annually for a poem. The winner...

$7 Poetry $1,339 Reading, Publication, Residency 11/30/14
Fence Books
Ottoline Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Fence Books will be given annually for a poetry collection by a woman who has published at least one book of poetry. Using the online submission system, submit a...

$28 Poetry $5,000 Publication 11/30/14
University of Evansville
Richard Wilbur Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Evansville Press is given biennially for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. Dick Davis will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 100 pages with a $25...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/1/14
American Library Association
W. Y. Boyd Literary Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous year that is set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven copies of a book published...

$0 Fiction $5,000 12/1/14
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 12/1/14
Five Points
James Dickey Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Five Points is given annually for a group of poems. Submit up to three poems of no more than 50 lines each with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/1/14
Langum Charitable Trust
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 three copies of books (or bound galleys) published in 2014 by...
$0 Fiction $1,000 12/1/14
Poets & Writers, Inc.
Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to give a reading and meet with...

$0 Poetry, Fiction $500 Reading, Travel Expenses, Residency 12/1/14
Slipstream Press
Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by Slipstream Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 40 pages with a $20 entry fee, which...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/1/14
Stanford University
Wallace Stegner Fellowships

Ten two-year fellowships, five in poetry and five in fiction, are given annually to allow emerging writers to develop their craft in workshops with senior faculty members at Stanford University. Each...

$75 Poetry, Fiction $26,000 12/1/14
Waywiser Press
Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading...

$25 Poetry $3,000 Reading, Publication 12/1/14
Center for Book Arts
Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also receives an additional $500 to give a reading at the Center for Book Arts...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 12/1/14
Pushcart Press
Pushcart Prizes

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines or small presses during the...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Publication 12/1/14
Willow Books
Literature Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to give a reading at...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading, Publication 12/1/14
Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Meringoff Awards

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers journal, Literary Imagination, or its newsletter, Literary Matters, are given...

$45 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 12/1/14
Great Plains Writers' Conference
Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an emerging poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer living in the Great Plains region who has not yet published a book. The winner also receives travel...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading, Travel Expenses 12/1/14
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Writing Fellowships
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Writing Fellowships

Fellowships for a seven-month residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, are given annually to four poets and four fiction writers who have not published a full-length book in...

$50 Poetry, Fiction Residency 12/1/14
Hurston/Wright Foundation
Founding Members Award for College Writers

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt by African American college students. The winners will be invited to attend the Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 12/1/14
Prairie Schooner
Sillerman First Book Prize

Sponsored by the African Poetry Book Fund in partnership with Prairie Schooner, a prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal will be given...

$0 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/1/14
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. Authors and publishers may submit five copies of a book of poetry or prose by December...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 12/5/14
National Endowment for the Arts
Translation Fellowships

Grants of $12,500 and $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published at least 20 pages of translation in literary...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $12,500 12/8/14
Publishing Triangle
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction from an LGBT point of view and a first book of fiction by an LGBT author. Two prizes of $1,000 each are also given for books of creative...

$35 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 12/9/14
Friends of American Writers
Literary Award

A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who previously resided in the...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $4,000 12/10/14
Codhill Press
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Pauline Uchmanowicz will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $30 entry fee...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/10/14
Hunger Mountain
Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hunger Mountain is given annually for a poem. Submit up to three poems with a $20 entry fee by December 10. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/10/14
Quercus Review Press
Fall Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Quercus Review Press, and 15 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Stella Beratlis will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 120 pages with a $25 entry...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/12/14
Gival Press
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Gival Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 45 pages with a $20 entry fee by December 15. Send an SASE,...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/15/14
Sarabande Books
Bernheim Writing Residency

A two- to six-week residency at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, Kentucky, will be given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer. The resident will also...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 Reading, Residency 12/15/14
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Literary Awards

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African American writer published in...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 12/19/14
Commonwealth Club of California
California Book Awards

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction). Prizes are also given for a first book of fiction and a...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction 12/22/14
Poetry Society of America
Robert H. Winner Memorial Award

A prize of $2,500 and publication of one poem on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Submit two copies of 10 to 15 pages of...

$15 Poetry $2,500 Publication 12/22/14
Poetry Society of America
Chapbook Fellowships

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Poetry Society of America are given annually for poetry chapbooks by poets who have not published a full-length collection. Two fellowships are given to...

$12 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/22/14
Florida Review
Jeanne M. Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Florida Review will be given annually for a chapbook of flash fiction or nonfiction, short stories, essays, or graphic narrative. Patricia Grace King will...

$25 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 12/30/14
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