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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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Sow's Ear Poetry Review
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sow's Ear Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Ellen Bass will judge. Submit up to five poems with a $27 entry fee, which includes a subscription to...

$27 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/1/16
University of Arkansas Press
Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Billy Collins will judge. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 90 pages with a $28 entry fee by...

$28 Poetry $5,000 Publication 9/30/16
Nightboat Books
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Nightboat Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Kazim Ali will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 90 pages with a $28...

$28 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/16
Mad River Books
Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Mad River Books, the literary trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a poetry collection. Kathy Fagan will judge. Using the online...

$28 Poetry $2,500 Publication 9/30/16
University of Massachusetts Press
Juniper Prizes
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a novel or novella. The...
$30 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 9/30/16
Persea Books
Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a first poetry collection by a woman who is a U.S. citizen or resident. The winner also receives a six-week, all-expenses-paid...
$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/31/16
Red Mountain Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Mountain Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Sarah Sousa will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $30 entry fee ($28 for electronic...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 9/15/16
Elixir Press
Poetry Awards

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. A second-place prize of $1,000 and publication is also awarded. Jane Satterfield will judge. Submit a...

$30 Poetry $2,000 Publication 10/31/16
Hackney Literary Awards
Novel Contest

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

$30 Fiction $5,000 9/30/16
Alice James Books
Alice James Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet residing in the United States. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $30 entry fee by...

$30 Poetry $2,000 Publication 11/1/16
Comstock Review
Poetry Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by the Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Michael A. Sickler will judge. Submit a manuscript of 25 to 34 pages with a $30...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/31/16
National Poetry Review Press
Rousseau Prize for Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press, in collaboration with Dream Horse Press, is given annually for a collection of poetry or flash fiction. Profits from entry fees are...

$32 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/15/16
Academy of American Poets
Walt Whitman Award

A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has not published a...

$35 Poetry $5,000 Publication, Residency 11/1/16
Malahat Review
Open Season Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,160) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Sina Queyras will judge in...

$40 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/1/16
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 10/1/16
Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Meringoff Awards

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

$50 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 9/15/16
American-Scandinavian Foundation
Writing Fellowships and Grants

Fellowships of up to $23,000 and grants of up to $5,000 are given annually to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators for study and research in Scandinavia. For travel in the...

$60 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $23,000 11/1/16
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