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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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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
Writers & Books
Gell Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Big Pencil Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Gell Center of the Finger Lakes in Bristol Valley,...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/31/14
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
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at the University of East Anglia, which includes a £10,000 (approximately $16,187) stipend, is given annually to an unpublished fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer from...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
Stanford University Libraries
William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for works of fiction and creative nonfiction. The awards, cosponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, are "intended...

$50 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 1/31/14
Madison Review
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Madison Review are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The editors of Madison Review will judge. For the Phyllis...

$10 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 2/1/14
Chicago Tribune
Nelson Algren Literary Awards

A prize of $3,500 and publication in the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal is given annually for a short story. Four finalists also receive $1,000, and five runners-up receive $500...

$0 Fiction $3,500 Publication 2/1/14
Accenti
Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 Canadian (approximately $957) and publication in Accenti is given annually for a short story or an essay. Submit a manuscript of up to 2,000 words with a $20 Canadian (...

$19 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 2/7/14
Converse College
Julia Peterkin Award

A prize of $1,000 and an invitation to read in Converse College's Visiting Writers Series is given in alternating years for a group of poems or a work of fiction. The 2014 award will be given for poetry...

$15 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 2/15/14
Academy of American Poets
Raiziss/De Palchi Translation Award

A prize of $10,000 is given biennially to a U.S. translator for a book of modern Italian poetry translated into English. Barbara Carle, Luigi Fontanella, and Giuseppe Leporace will judge. Publishers may...

$0 Poetry $10,000 2/15/14
Kentucky Arts Council
Artist Fellowships and Awards

Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships of $7,500 each are given biennially to Kentucky poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Emerging Artist Awards of $1,000 each are also given...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $7,500 2/15/14
Starcherone Books
Prize for Innovative Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Starcherone Books is given annually for a book of fiction. Alissa Nutting will judge. Submit a novel, a short story collection, or a work of hybrid prose of up to 400...

$35 Fiction $1,500 Publication 2/17/14
Tupelo Press
Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and online publication in Tupelo Quarterly will be given twice yearly for a group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $20 entry fee by...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 2/19/14
PEN Northwest
Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency

A seven-month residency, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, is given biennially to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer to live and work at the Dutch Henry Homestead near the Rogue...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Residency 3/1/14
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
Lambda Literary Foundation
Outstanding Midcareer Novelists' Prizes

Two prizes of $5,000 each are given annually to LGBT novelists in midcareer who have published at least three novels or two novels in addition to books of poetry, short stories, or essays. Submit four...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 3/3/14
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...

$50 Fiction $10,000 3/14/14
Slope Editions
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Slope Editions is given annually for a poetry collection. Matt Hart will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 90 pages with a $22 entry fee ($25 for electronic...

$22 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/15/14
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 by a woman who has not published a full-length collection. Leah Maines will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/15/14
Tusculum Review
Literary Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Tusculum Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Jericho Brown will judge in poetry, and Sara Pritchard will judge in fiction. Submit...

$15 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/14
Campbell Corner
Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication on the Campbell Corner website is given annually for a group of poems that "treat larger transpersonal themes with lyric intensity." The winning writer is also invited...

$25 Poetry $3,000 Reading, Publication 3/15/14
Carolina Wren Press
Doris Bakwin Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a short story collection, a novel, or a memoir by a woman. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at...
$20 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/14
Four Way Books
Intro Prize in Poetry

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

$28 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 3/31/14
White Pine Press
Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press will be given annually for a book of poetry translated into English. Submit a manuscript of 80 to 140 pages with a $25 entry fee by March 31. Send an...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/31/14
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 Frank X Walker will judge. Submit two...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication, Reading 4/1/14
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