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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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Santa Fe Writers Project
Literary Awards

A prize of $1,500 and publication with the Santa Fe Writers Project is given annually for a short story or essay collection, novel, or memoir. Two runners-up will also receive $1,000 each and publication...

$30 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/1/15
Fordham University at Lincoln Center
Poets Out Loud Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Fordham University Press are given annually for poetry collections. Elisabeth Frost and C. D. Wright will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

$28 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/7/15
Ohio University Press
Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Ohio University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 95 pages with a $30 entry fee by November 15. Call or visit the website...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/15
Pushcart Press
Editors' Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been submitted to but not accepted by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes "worthy manuscripts that have...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 11/15/15
Pleiades Press
Lena–Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. The winner is also invited to read at...

$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 11/15/15
Pleiades Press
Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press will be given annually for a collection of short stories, flash fiction, essays, or lyric essays...

$25 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 11/15/15
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
Open Competition Awards

Two prizes of $4,000 each and publication by Southern Illinois University Press are given annually for two poetry collections by U.S. poets. Each winner will also give a reading at Southern Illinois...

$20 Poetry $4,000 Reading, Publication 11/18/15
PRISM
Creative Nonfiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,125) and publication in PRISM is given annually for an essay. Submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $40 entry fee by November 20. All entries...

$40 Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/20/15
Poetry International
C. P. Cavafy Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem) by...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/23/15
Bear Star Press
Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bear Star Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a writer residing in a state west of the central time zone. The editors will judge. Using the online...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/15
BOA Editions
A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a first book of poetry by a U.S. resident. Jericho Brown will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

$25 Poetry $1,500 Publication 11/30/15
Cider Press Review
Book Award

A prize of $1,500, publication by Cider Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Linda Pastan will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee, which...

$25 Poetry $1,500 Publication 11/30/15
New Issues Poetry & Prose
Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,000 and publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose is given annually for a first poetry collection. Poets who have not published a poetry collection of more than 48 pages are eligible. Mary...
$20 Poetry $2,000 Publication 11/30/15
White Pine Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 80 pages with a $20 entry fee by November 30. Send an SASE...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/15
Narrative
Fall 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 longer work of prose. A second-place prize of $1,000 and...

$23 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 11/30/15
University of North Texas
Rilke Prize

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a book published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. The winner also receives airfare and lodging to give readings at the University of North Texas and the...

$0 Poetry $10,000 11/30/15
Bright Hill Press
Poetry Book Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bright Hill Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $25 entry fee by November 30. All entries...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/15
Burnside Review Press
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Burnside Review Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Mary Szybist will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/15
Carolina Wren Press
Lee Smith Novel Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a novel by an author from, living in, or writing about the American South. The editors will judge. Using the online...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/30/15
Fish Publishing
Fish Short Story Prize

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,360) and publication in the annual Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short story. Kevin Barry will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words either by...

$25 Fiction $3,360 Publication 11/30/15
Munster Literature Center
Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,120), publication in Southword, and a weeklong residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, is given annually for a poem. The winner...

$6 Poetry $1,120 Reading, Publication, Residency 11/30/15
Quarter After Eight
Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest

A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight will be given annually for a prose poem, a short-short story, or a micro-essay. Alison Stine will judge. Submit up to three pieces of...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction 11/30/15
Two Sylvias Press
Wilder Series Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Two Sylvias Press will be given annually for a poetry collection by a woman over the age of 50. Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy will judge. Using the...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/15
University of Georgia Press
Georgia Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. The winner will receive travel expenses and $1,000 per event to give readings at the...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/15
American Library Association
W. Y. Boyd Literary Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous year that is set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven copies of a book published...

$0 Fiction $5,000 12/1/15
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