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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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Real Simple
Life Lessons Essay Contest

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Real Simple is given annually for an essay on a theme by a U.S. writer. A second-place prize of $750 and a third-place prize of $500 are also given. This...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $3,000 Publication 9/18/14
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Writing Fellowships

Guggenheim Fellowships of approx- imately $50,000 each are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise. Residents of...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $50,000 9/19/14
Creative Nonfiction
Essay Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction is given annually for an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "Waiting." The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,000 words...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/22/14
Lascaux Review
Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Lascaux Review will be given annually for a poem. Submit up to five poems of any length with a $10 entry fee by September 23. Previously published poems...

$10 Poetry $1,000 Publication 9/23/14
New York Public Library
Cullman Center Fellowships

Up to 15 fellowships will be given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the New York Public...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $70,000 Office, library access 9/26/14
American Academy in Berlin
Berlin Prize Fellowships

Approximately 24 residential fellowships are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to spend an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Residency 9/29/14
California State University
Philip Levine Prize in Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Peter Everwine will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 9/30/14
University of Iowa Press
Short Fiction Awards

Two publication awards are given annually by University of Iowa Press for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible. Submit a manuscript of at...

$0 Fiction Publication 9/30/14
University of Massachusetts Press
Juniper Prizes

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. In poetry, the award alternates yearly between first and...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,500 Publication 9/30/14
New Criterion
Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by St. Augustine's Press is given annually for a poetry collection that pays close attention to form. Roger Kimball, Alan Shapiro, and David Yezzi will judge. Submit a...

$25 Poetry $3,000 Publication 9/30/14
New Issues Poetry & Prose
Green Rose Prize
A prize of $2,000 and publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose is given annually for a poetry collection. Poets who have published at least one book-length collection of poetry are eligible. Submit a...
$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 9/30/14
Southwest Review
Morton Marr Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a poem or a group of poems by a writer who has not published a poetry collection. Submit up to six poems in a...

$5 Poetry $1,000 Publication 9/30/14
University of Arkansas Press
Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Billy Collins will judge. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 90 pages with a $28 entry fee by...

$28 Poetry $5,000 Publication 9/30/14
Hackney Literary Awards
Novel Contest

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

$30 Fiction $5,000 9/30/14
Northern Colorado Writers
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Pooled Ink, the Northern Colorado Writers anthology, is given annually for a poem. Lisa Zimmerman will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 250...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 9/30/14
Ohio State University Press
Journal Award in Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Ohio State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $28 entry...

$28 Poetry $2,500 Publication 9/30/14
Red Hen Press
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Los Angeles Review is given annually for a poem. William Trowbridge will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 120 lines each with a $20 entry fee by...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 9/30/14
Winning Writers
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a poem in any style and a poem that either rhymes or is written in a traditional style. Ellaraine Lockie...

$16 Poetry $1,000 Publication 9/30/14
Literal Latté
Essay Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a personal essay. Submit an essay of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($5 for each additional essay) by September...

$10 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/30/14
American Literary Review
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems,...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 10/1/14
Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute Fellowships

Fellowships of $75,000 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $75,000 10/1/14
Zoetrope: All-Story
Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope: All-Story website is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists are considered for representation by several literary agencies,...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/1/14
Boston Review
Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a short story. Ruth Ozeki will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a six-...

$20 Fiction $1,500 Publication 10/1/14
Southern Indiana Review
Mary C. Mohr Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a short story. This year's award is given in poetry. Marie Howe will judge. Submit up to four poems...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $2,000 Publication 10/1/14
Missouri Review
Editors' Prize

Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or up to 25 pages of prose...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Publication 10/1/14
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