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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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Brown University
International Writers Project Fellowship

A fellowship, including a stipend of $45,000, is given annually to an established international poet or fiction writer "who is unable to practice free expression in his or her homeland." The fellowship...

$0 Poetry, Fiction $45,000 2/15/14
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
Georgetown Review Press
Poetry Manuscript Contest

A prize of $1,500, publication by Georgetown Review Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Ada Limon will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $20 entry fee...

$20 Poetry $1,500 Publication 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
Arcadia
Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Arcadia will be given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 4,000 to 7,000 words with a $15 entry fee by February...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 2/15/14
Ruminate
VanderMey Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit an essay or short memoir of up to 5,500 words with...

$18 Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 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
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Award Series

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by a...

$30 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,500 Publication 2/28/14
Dream Horse Press
American Poetry Journal Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Dream Horse Press is given annually for a poetry collection. J. P. Dancing Bear will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 65 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 2/28/14
The Ledge
Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Ledge is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee ($7 for each additional story) by February 28. All...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 2/28/14
National Poetry Series
Open Competition

Five prizes of $1,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers currently include Fence Books, HarperCollins...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 2/28/14
University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships

An academic year in residence, which includes a grant of $27,000, at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing in Madison is given annually to up to six writers working on a first book of poetry or...

$45 Poetry, Fiction $27,000 Reading, Workshop, Residency 2/28/14
Banipal Trust for Arab Literature
Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $4,856) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English and published for the first time in English during the previous year....

$0 Poetry, Fiction $4,856 2/28/14
Tupelo Press
Snowbound Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28. All entries are considered for...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 2/28/14
Fish Publishing
Flash Fiction Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,380) and publication in the 2014 Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. Peter Glenn Patterson will judge. Submit a story of up to 300...

$19 Fiction $1,380 Publication 2/28/14
Fence Books
Modern Poets Series

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Fence Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee, which includes...

$28 Poetry $1,000 Publication 2/28/14
Wag's Revue
Winter Writers' Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Wag's Revue is given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, or an essay. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 2/28/14
Atlanta Review
International Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Atlanta Review is given annually for a poem. Dan Veach will judge. Submit a poem of any length by mail with a $5 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem), or...

$5 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/1/14
Lotus Press
Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award

A prize of $500 and publication by Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript between 60 to 90 pages by March 1. There is no...

$0 Poetry $500 Publication 3/1/14
The Pinch
Literary Awards

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Pinch is given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems or a short story or essay of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/1/14
Kundiman/Alice James Books
Kundiman Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by an Asian American poet. The board members of Kundiman and Alice James Books will judge. Submit a...

$28 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/1/14
St. Petersburg Review
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in St. Petersburg Review is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/1/14
Binghamton University
Book Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry collection of at least 48 pages....

$0 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 3/1/14
James Jones Literary Society
First Novel Fellowship

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work is published in Provincetown Arts, and the winner...

$30 Fiction $10,000 3/1/14
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
42 Miles Press
42 Miles Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by 42 Miles Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Indiana University in South Bend are ineligible. David...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/1/14
Alabama State Council on the Arts
Individual Artist Grants

Fellowships of $5,000 are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using the online submission system,...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 3/1/14
Mississippi Arts Commission
Literary Artist Fellowships

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in poetry and fiction....

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 3/3/14
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
Sozopol Fiction Seminars
English and Bulgarian Scholarships

Ten scholarships, valued at approximately $1,600 each, to attend the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Sozopol, Bulgaria, are given annually to five fiction writers working in English and five working in...

$0 Fiction $1,600 3/5/14
Persea Books
Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published at least one book of poetry. The winner also receives a residency of two to...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/5/14
Ahsahta Press
Sawtooth Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500, publication by Ahsahta Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Boise State University are ineligible. Mei-mei...

$25 Poetry $1,500 Publication 3/10/14
Colorado Review
Nelligan Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Current and former students of Colorado State University are ineligible. Kent Haruf will judge. Submit a...

$15 Fiction $2,000 Publication 3/14/14
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
University of Nebraska Press
Prairie Schooner Book Prizes

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for collections of poetry and short fiction. Submit a manuscript of at least 50 pages of poetry or 150 pages...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $3,000 Publication 3/15/14
Bellingham Review
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Poetry Award is given for a poem or...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/14
Gulf Coast
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Rachel Zucker will judge in poetry, Andrea Barrett will judge in fiction,...

$23 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 3/15/14
Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Wesley McNair will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March 15. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit...

$10 Poetry $1,000 3/15/14
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
Symphony Space
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story on a theme. The winner also receives tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop and two tickets to a...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Workshop 3/15/14
Hidden River Publishing
Eludia Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Sowilo Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, and 10 author copies is given annually for a first novel or short story collection by a woman over 40 who has not...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/15/14
New South
Writing Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or an essay. Brian Oliu will judge in poetry; Christopher Merkner will judge in prose. Submit up...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $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
Fourth Genre
Steinberg Essay Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Current and former students of Michigan State University are ineligible. Robert Root will judge. Submit an essay...

$20 Creative Nonfiction $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
Washington College
Hodson-Brown Fellowship

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) working on a book relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $20,000 3/15/14
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Milton Postgraduate Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, including a $16,000 stipend, is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. Writers who are U.S. citizens and have...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $16,000 Reading, Residency 3/15/14
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