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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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Boston Review
Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

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

$20 Fiction $1,500 Publication 10/1/13
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 work of fiction. This year's award is given in fiction. Stuart Dybek will judge. Submit a short...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $2,000 Publication 10/1/13
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 10/1/13
American Antiquarian Society
Fellowships for Creative Writers

Fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for monthlong residencies at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, to research pre-...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,350 10/5/13
Foundation for Jewish Culture
Goldberg Prize for Outstanding Debut Fiction

A prize of $2,500, administered by the Jewish Book Council, will be given annually for a debut work of fiction by a U.S. writer published during the current year that explores Jewish themes. The winner...

$125 Fiction $2,500 10/7/13
Cutthroat
Poetry and Fiction Awards

Two awards of $1,250 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. T. R. Hummer will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award, and Pam Houston will judge...

$17 Poetry, Fiction $1,250 Publication 10/15/13
University of Louisville
Calvino Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Salt Hill Journal is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction written in the vein of Italo Calvino. The winner, if he or she resides in the 48...

$25 Fiction $1,500 Publication 10/15/13
Georgetown Review
Literary Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Georgetown Review is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay. Submit a poem, a story, or an essay of any length with a $10 entry fee ($5 for...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 10/15/13
Omnidawn Publishing
Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction. Theodora Goss will judge. Submit a manuscript of one or more stories...

$18 Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/15/13
Dana Awards
Dana Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and a novel or novel-in-progress. Submit five poems of no more than 100 lines each with a $15 entry fee, a short story...

$15 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 10/31/13
Tucson Festival of Books
Literary awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each will be given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay, or an excerpt from a novel or memoir. Each winner will also be invited to take part in a panel...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Workshop 10/31/13
American-Scandinavian Foundation
Writing Fellowships and Grants

Fellowships of up to $23,000 and grants of up to $5,000 are given annually for study and research in Scandinavia to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators of literature. For...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $23,000 11/1/13
Briar Cliff Review
Writing Contests
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three poems or up to 6,000 words of...
$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/13
Reed Magazine
John Steinbeck Short Story Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/13
South Carolina Arts Commission
Artist Fellowships

Two fellowships of $5,000 each are given biennially to a poet and a writer of fiction or creative nonfiction. Writers who have been residents of South Carolina for two years prior to the application...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 11/1/13
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