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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 Deadlinesort icon
Red Hen Press
Short Story Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Los Angeles Review is given annually for a short story. Sean Bernard will judge. Submit up to two stories of no more than 25 pages each with a $20 entry fee by...
$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 6/30/15
Hunger Mountain
Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hunger Mountain is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by June 30. Visit the website for complete...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 6/30/15
Autumn House Press
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner also receives a $1,500...

$30 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 6/30/15
Hidden River Arts
William Van Wert Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction (and a synopsis if submitting a novel excerpt) with a $17...

$17 Fiction $1,000 6/30/15
Matrix Magazine
Lit POP Awards

Two prizes valued at $2,000 each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The winners will receive $100, publication in Matrix Magazine, and transportation and lodging to...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $2,000 6/30/15
Writers' Village
International Short Fiction Competition

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,540) and publication on the Writers Village website is given twice yearly for a short story. John Yeoman will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story...

$23 Fiction $1,540 Publication 6/30/15
The Moth
International Short Story Prize

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,390) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of publication, a weeklong retreat at the Circle of Missé in Missé...

$14 Fiction $3,390 Publication 6/30/15
Tuscany Press
Prize for Catholic Fiction

A prize of $5,000 will be given annually for a novel of Catholic fiction that "captures the imagination of the reader and is infused with the presence of God and faith." A second-place prize of $2,000...

$10 Fiction $5,000 6/30/15
Winning Writers
North Street Book Prize

Two prizes of $1,500 each will be given annually for self-published books of fiction and creative nonfiction. The winners will also receive a marketing consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, $300 in...

$50 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 6/30/15
Bellevue Literary Review
Prizes in Poetry and Prose

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works about health, healing, illness...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/1/15
Nowhere Magazine
Spring Travel Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine will be given annually for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." John Jeremiah Sullivan will judge. Unpublished...

$15 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/1/15
Mark Twain House & Museum
Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a humorous short story or essay. Excerpts of the winning piece will be published on the Mark Twain House & Museum website. Ben Yagoda will judge. Submit a...

$22 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 7/10/15
North Carolina Humanities Council
Linda Flowers Literary Award

A prize of $500 and a weeklong residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina, is given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction that...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 Residency 7/15/15
The Story Prize
The Story Prize

A prize of $20,000 is given annually to honor a short story collection written in English and first published in the United States in the previous year. Two runners-up will receive $5,000 each. The $1,...

$75 Fiction $20,000 7/15/15
Fairy Tale Review
Awards in Poetry and Prose

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fairy Tale Review are given annually for a group of poems and a work of prose influenced by fairy tales. Joyelle McSweeney will judge in poetry, and...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/15/15
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