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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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Fence Books
Modern Poets Series

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Fence Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee, which includes...

$28 Poetry $1,000 Publication 2/28/15
Wag's Revue
Winter Writers' Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Wag's Revue is given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, or an essay. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 2/28/15
CURA
Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action will be given annually for a short story based on a theme. The theme this year is "Borderlands." Using the online...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 2/28/15
Center for Documentary Studies
Documentary Essay Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Document and on the Center for Documentary Studies website will be given biennially for an essay that uses documentary methods. The winner will also receive...

$35 Creative Nonfiction $3,000 Publication, Travel and Lodging Expenses 3/2/15
Symphony Space
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,000 and tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop is given annually for a short story. The winning work will be published on the Electric...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Workshop 3/15/15
Washington College
Hodson-Brown Fellowship

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) working on a book relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $20,000 3/15/15
Tusculum Review
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tusculum Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Manuscripts with one or two authors are eligible. Submit a chapbook of 20 to 30 pages with a $20...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/15/15
Sozopol Fiction Seminars
English and Bulgarian Scholarships
Ten scholarships, valued at approximately $1,600 each, to attend the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Sozopol, Bulgaria, are given annually to five fiction writers working in English and five working in...
$0 Fiction $1,600 3/20/15
Carolina Wren Press
Poetry Series

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a first or second poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $20...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
Four Way Books
Levis Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given biennially for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. The winner will also be invited to participate in a reading in New York City. Martha...

$28 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 3/31/15
Northern Colorado Writers
Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Pooled Ink, the Northern Colorado Writers anthology, is given annually for a short story. Robert Garner McBrearty will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Book Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Red Hen Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of prose by women writers. The winners also receive $1,000 each for promotional and travel...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/1/15
Hub City Press
New Southern Voices Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hub City Press is given biennially for a poetry collection. U.S. poets who have published no more than one full-length poetry collection and who have lived in Alabama...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/15/15
Zone 3 Press
Creative Nonfiction Book Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a memoir or essay collection. Amy Fusselman will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 15...

$25 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/15/15
Noemi Press
Book Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Noemi Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a novel or short story collection. The editors will judge. Submit up to 70 pages of poetry or a...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 4/30/15
St. Francis College
Literary Prize

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially for a third, fourth, or fifth published book of fiction. Self-published books and English translations are eligible. Erin McGraw, Sigrid Nunez, and Daniel Torday...

$0 Fiction $50,000 5/1/15
Montreal International Poetry Prize
Montreal International Poetry Prize

A prize of $20,000 Canadian (approximately $15,800) and publication in Global Poetry Anthology is given biennially for a poem. Eavan Boland will judge. Using the online submission system, submit...

$20 Poetry $20,000 Publication 5/15/15
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
Rosebud
X. J. Kennedy Award for Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for an essay. Roderick Clark and Robert Wake will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee by August 15....

$10 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 8/15/15
Ohio Arts Council
Individual Excellence Awards

Grants of $5,000 are awarded biennially to Ohio poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers who have been residents of Ohio for one year prior to the application deadline and are not...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 9/1/15
University of Notre Dame
Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a poetry collection. Writers who have published at least one poetry collection are eligible. Joyelle McSweeney...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 9/1/15
National Federation of State Poetry Societies
Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by National Federation of State Poetry Societies Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $25...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/1/15
Stadler Center for Poetry
Poetry Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a $20,000 stipend, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, will be given annually to a poet who has not published a...

$0 Poetry $20,000 Residency 10/1/15
Comstock Review
Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given biennially for a poetry chapbook. Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton will judge. Submit a manuscript of 25 to 34 pages...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/31/15
South Carolina Arts Commission
Artist Fellowships

Two fellowships of $5,000 each are given biennially to a poet and a fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer. Writers who have been residents of South Carolina for two years prior to the application...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 11/1/15
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