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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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Winning Writers
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a humorous poem. Jendi Reiter will judge. Using the online submission system, submit one poem of up to 250 lines by...

$0 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/1/16
Loft Literary Center
Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one year. Writers who have published no...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 4/1/16
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Cowles Poetry Book Prize

A prize of $2,000, publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 4/1/16
Passaic County Community College
Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review will be given annually for a poem. Submit four copies of up to five poems of no more than two pages each with an $18 entry fee by...

$18 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/1/16
Writing Ranch
Waterston Desert Writing Prize

A prize of $1,500 and a four-week residency at the PLAYA retreat in Summer Lake, Oregon, will be given annually for a nonfiction work-in-progress that "recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Residency 4/1/16
Oberon
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Oberon is given annually for a poem. Mark Wagenaar will judge. Submit up to three poems with an $18 entry fee, which includes an issue of Oberon, by...

$18 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/2/16
American Literary Translators Association
Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize

A prize of $5,000 will be given annually for a book of poetry translated from an Asian language into English and published in the previous year. Translations of Zen Buddhist source texts are also...

$0 Poetry $5,000 4/8/16
American Literary Translators Association
Italian Prose in Translation Award

A prize of $5,000 will be given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction translated from Italian into English and published in the previous year. Michael Moore, Jamie Richards, and Russell Valentino...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 4/8/16
American Literary Translators Association
National Translation Awards

Two prizes of $2,500 each will be given annually for a book of poetry and a book of prose translated from any language into English and published in the previous year. For the poetry prize, poetry...

$60 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 4/8/16
Gulf Coast
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Rick Barot will judge in poetry, Ayana Mathis will judge in fiction, and...

$23 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 4/9/16
Australian Book Review
Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

A prize of $7,000 AUD (approximately $5,040) and publication in Australian Book Review is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of $2,000 AUD (approximately $1,440) and a third-...

$14 Fiction $7,000 Publication 4/11/16
Cave Canem Foundation
Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Northwestern University Press is given biennially for a second book of poetry by an African American poet. Parneshia Jones and Jacqueline Jones LaMon will judge....

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/15/16
New South
Writing Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Anya Silver will judge in poetry; Matthew Salesses will judge in prose. Using the...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/15/16
Finishing Line Press
New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook written by a woman who has not yet published a full-length collection. Leah Maines will judge. Submit a...

$16 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/15/16
Passages North
Literary Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a short story and a work of flash fiction or nonfiction. Submit a story of up to 7,500 words or a piece of...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/15/16
Spoon River Poetry Review
Editors' Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Spoon River Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit two copies of up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry fee, which...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/15/16
Press 53
Prime Number Magazine Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Kelly Cherry will judge in poetry, and Taylor Brown will judge in fiction....

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/15/16
New Ohio Review
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Tony Hoagland will judge in poetry, Charles Johnson...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/15/16
Talking Gourds
Mark Fischer Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Telluride Arts website will be given annually for a poem by a poet living west of the Mississippi River, or in Michigan or Wisconsin. The winner will also receive...

$9 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/15/16
Pen Parentis
Writing Fellowship for New Parents

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Brain, Child is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The winner also receives an invitation to give a reading...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Reading, Publication 4/18/16
Omnidawn Publishing
Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Hoa Nguyen will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 40 pages with an $18 entry fee by...

$18 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/18/16
Crab Orchard Review
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a poem of up to five...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 4/21/16
DIAGRAM
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or mixed-genre work. Ander Monson will judge. Submit a...

$19 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/29/16
Marsh Hawk Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Mark Doty will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 30. Send an SASE...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/30/16
Nimrod International Journal
Nimrod Literary Awards

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for works of poetry and short fiction. The winners also receive transportation and lodging to attend...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $2,000 Publication 4/30/16
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