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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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Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission
United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies

Up to five residencies of three to five months, each of which include a monthly stipend of $20,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support, are awarded annually to published U.S. poets,...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $20,000 2/2/15
Booktrust
BBC National Short Story Award

A prize of £15,000 (approximately $19,790) is given annually for a short story by an author with a prior record of publication in the U.K. A second-place prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,957) is also...

$0 Fiction $19,790 Publication 3/11/13
Manchester Metropolitan University
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of £10,000 (approximately $16,592) each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Submit three to five poems, totaling no more than 120 lines, or a story of up to 2,500 words...

$28 Poetry, Fiction $16,592 8/29/14
University of East Anglia
Charles Pick South Asian Fellowship

A six-month fellowship at the University of East Anglia, which includes a £10,000 (approximately $16,187) stipend, is given annually to an unpublished fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer from...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $16,187 Residency 1/31/14
Milton Center
Postgraduate Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, including a $16,000 stipend, is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. Writers who are U.S. citizens and have...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $16,000 Residency 3/15/13
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Milton Postgraduate Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, including a $16,000 stipend, is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. Writers who are U.S. citizens and have...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $16,000 Reading, Residency 3/15/15
Caine Prize
Caine Prize

A prize of £10,000 (approximately $15,712) is given annually for a previously published short story by an African writer. Shortlisted candidates will receive £500 (approximately $786) and some travel...

$0 Fiction $15,712 1/31/15
Sherwood Anderson Foundation
Fiction Award

A prize of approximately $15,000 is given annually to an emerging fiction writer. Writers who have published up to two books of fiction or a number of stories in literary journals are eligible. Submit a...

$100 Fiction $15,000 4/1/13
University of Pittsburgh Press
Drue Heinz Literature Prize

A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. The prize is open to writers who have published a book of fiction or a minimum of...

$0 Fiction $15,000 Publication 6/30/14
Leeway Foundation
Transformation Awards
Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and Two-Spirit poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia area who have been...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $15,000 5/15/14
Fiction Collective Two
Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a short story collection, a novella or novella collection, or a novel. U.S....

$25 Fiction $15,000 Publication 11/1/14
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
North Carolina Arts Council
Writers’ Fellowships

Fellowships of $10,000 each are given biennially to North Carolina poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and literary translators. Applicants must have lived in North Carolina for at least...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 11/1/12
National Book Foundation
National Book Awards
Three prizes of $10,000 each are awarded annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United States during the...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 5/15/14
Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year....

$50 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 10/1/14
Cleveland Foundation
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that "contribute to our understanding of racism...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 12/31/14
PEN New England
Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award
A prize of $10,000 is given for a debut novel or short story collection published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives a residency fellowship at the Ucross Foundation in...
$40 Fiction $10,000 12/31/13
James Jones Literary Society
First Novel Fellowship
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work is published in Provincetown Arts, and the winner also...
$30 Fiction $10,000 3/15/15
Center for Fiction
Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a first novel published in the United States during the current year. Finalists receive $1,000 each. Publishers may submit eight copies of a novel published in 2013...
$50 Fiction $10,000 3/15/13
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 a fiction writer or a creative nonfiction writer. The resident will give one public reading...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 Reading, Residency 1/2/13
Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Ernest J. Gaines Award

A prize of $10,000 is given annually to an African American author for a book of fiction published during the previous year. Thomas Beller, Anthony Grooms, Phillip Lopate, Francine Prose, and Patricia...

$0 Fiction $10,000 4/30/13
Lake Forest College
Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency

A prize of $10,000 and a two-month residency at Lake Forest College is given in alternating years to an emerging poet or prose writer to complete an innovative work-in-progress. This year the residency...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 Residency 3/1/14
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Artist Fellowships

Grants of $10,000 each are given biennially to Massachusetts fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of prose by January 27. There is no...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 1/27/14
Goethe-Institut Chicago
Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a book translated from German into English published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 1/31/14
Dayton Literary Peace Foundation
Literary Prizes

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

$100 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 3/31/13
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