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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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Great Lakes Colleges Association
New Writers Awards

Three prizes are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer to honor their first books. The winners each receive an all-expenses-paid trip to several of the 13 GLCA...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 7/25/14
Glimmer Train Press
Very Short Fiction Award

A prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given quarterly for a short short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to...

$15 Fiction $1,500 Publication 7/31/14
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Orlando Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by a woman writer. Submit a poem of no more...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/31/14
Journal of Experimental Fiction
Kenneth Patchen Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction/Depth Charge Publishing is given annually for an innovative novel. James Chapman will judge. Submit a manuscript of any...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 7/31/14
Narrative
Spring Story Contest

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place...

$22 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 7/31/14
A Room of Her Own Foundation
To the Lighthouse Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a woman writer. The winner will also receive up to $1,000 in travel and promotional expenses. C. D. Wright...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/31/14
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press will be given annually for a novel, a novella, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir. The winner will also receive up to $1,000 in...

$20 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/31/14
Munster Literature Centre
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,753) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a...

$21 Fiction $2,753 Publication 7/31/14
Press 53
Award for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Press 53 will be given annually for a poetry collection. The winner will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the annual Gathering of Poets conference in...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/31/14
Stone Canoe
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $500 each are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer who have a connection to upstate New York. A prize of $500 is also given annually to a U.S....

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 7/31/14
Delaware Division of the Arts
Individual Artist Fellowships

Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and Emerging Professional Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Delaware poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $6,000 8/1/14
Leeway Foundation
Art and Change Grants

Grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly by the Leeway Foundation to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and Two-Spirit poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 8/1/14
Gival Press
Short Story Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Gival Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 5,000 to 15,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 8. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 8/8/14
PEN Center USA
Emerging Voices Fellowships

Fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who lack access to financial and creative support. Each fellow participates in an eight-...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 8/11/14
Arcadia
Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Arcadia, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 15 to 35 pages with a $20 entry fee by August 15. All entries are...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 8/15/14
Arcadia
Fiction Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Arcadia, and 25 author copies will be given annually for a fiction chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 30 to 45 pages with a $20 entry fee by August 15. All...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 8/15/14
Indiana Review
"1/2 K" Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a piece of flash fiction of up to 500 words. Carol Guess will judge. Submit up to three poems or pieces of...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 8/15/14
Manchester Metropolitan University
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of £10,000 (approximately $16,592) each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Submit three to five poems, totaling no more than 120 lines, or a story of up to 2,500 words...

$28 Poetry, Fiction $16,592 8/29/14
Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers

A prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given quarterly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not been published in a print...

$15 Fiction $1,500 Publication 8/31/14
Off the Grid Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Off the Grid Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet over the age of 60. Tam Lin Neville and Bert Stern will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 70...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 8/31/14
Red Hen Press
Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Douglas Kearney will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 96 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. Call or...

$25 Poetry $3,000 Publication 8/31/14
Utica College
Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a resident of upstate New York. The winner must also give a reading and teach a master class at Utica College. Submit two copies of a book...

$0 Poetry $2,000 Reading 8/31/14
Snake Nation Press
Serena McDonald Kennedy Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a novella or short story collection. Submit a novella of up to 50,000 words or a short story collection of up to 200 pages...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 8/31/14
Snake Nation Press
Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 75 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. E-mail or visit the website...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 8/31/14
Sustainable Arts Foundation
Writing Awards

Up to five awards of $6,000 each and up to five Promise Awards of $2,000 each are given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $6,000 8/31/14
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