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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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Montreal International Poetry Prize
Montreal International Poetry Prize

A prize of $20,000 and publication in the Global Poetry Anthology will be given annually for a poem. Don Paterson will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a poem of up to 40 lines...

$25 Poetry $20,000 Publication 5/15/13
Sonia Raiziss-Giop Foundation
Bordighera Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000 and bilingual publication by Bordighera Press is given annually for a poetry collection written in English to be translated into Italian. The prize is evenly divided between the poet,...

$0 Poetry $2,000 Publication 5/31/13
University of Georgia Press
Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Georgia Press are given annually for collections of short fiction. Submit a manuscript of 40,000 to 75,000 words with a $25 entry fee by May 31...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 5/31/13
Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press
Poetry Chapbook Award

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press is given biennially for a poetry chapbook by a U.S. poet. Submit a manuscript of 10 to 20 pages with a $25 entry fee by May 31. Visit...

$25 Poetry $10,000 Publication 5/31/13
Creative Nonfiction
Walton Sustainability Solutions Best Creative Nonfiction Essay Award

A prize of $10,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction will be given for an essay on the theme “The Human Face of Sustainability.” The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,000 words...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $10,000 Publication 5/31/13
Late Night Library
Debut-litzer Award

Three prizes of $1,000 each will be given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published in the previous year. In addition, the winners will be featured on the Late Night...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 5/31/13
Winning Writers
Sports Fiction & Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a story and an essay on the theme of sports. Jendi Reiter will judge. Submit up to 6,000 words of prose...

$15 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/31/13
Southern Indiana Review
Thomas A. Wihelmus Editors’ Award

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. All entries are considered for publication. Submit an essay of up to 35 pages...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 6/1/13
Writer’s Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with editors and agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay. Prizes of $1,000 each are also given for a work...

$32 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 Travel 6/3/13
RopeWalk Press
Editor’s Fiction Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by RopeWalk Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a fiction chapbook. Submit a manuscript of up to 45 pages with a $20 entry fee ($5 for each additional entry)...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 6/15/13
Finishing Line Press
Open Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive a standard royalty contract for a Kindle edition of the winning chapbook....

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/13
Pearl Editions
Pearl Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Pearl Editions is given annually for a poetry collection. Fred Voss will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 30. Send an SASE or...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/13
Autumn House Press
Book Contests

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 6/30/13
Cider Press Review
Editors’ Prize Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/13
Crook’s Corner Book Prize Foundation
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a debut novel published in the United States in the preceding two years and set in the American South. The winner will also be entitled to receive a free...

$25 Fiction $1,000 6/30/13
Teachers & Writers Collaborative
Bechtel Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Teachers & Writers Magazine is given annually for an essay that relates to creative writing education or literary studies. Susan Orlean will judge....

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/1/13
Literal Latté 
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem. Submit up to six poems of no more than 2,000 words each with a $10 entry fee ($15 for up to 10 poems) by July 15...

$10 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/15/13
Santa Fe Writers Project
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 are given annually for works of fiction and creative nonfiction. David Morrell will judge in fiction, and Lee Gutkind will judge in creative nonfiction. Submit a manuscript of any...

$30 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 7/15/13
Munster Literature Centre
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,600) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a...

$20 Fiction $2,600 Publication 7/31/13
Indiana Review
“1/2 K” Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a work of fiction under 500 words. All entries are considered for publication. Dinty Moore will judge. Submit...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 8/1/13
Pavement Saw Press
Transcontinental Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Pavement Saw Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Poets who have not published more than one collection, or who have...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 8/15/13
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas is given annually for a group of poems. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the 2013 Tennessee Williams/New...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 8/15/13
Kore Press
First Book Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Kore Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Female-identified poets who have not published a book-length poetry collection or a chapbook with a print run...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 8/31/13
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 9/1/13
Bear Deluxe Magazine
Doug Fir Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000, publication in Bear Deluxe Magazine, and a residency of up to 14 weeks at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon is given annually for a short story relating to the...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication, Residency 9/3/13
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