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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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Sponsor and Award Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
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
Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year....

$50 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 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
Schaffner Press
Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that "deals in some way with the...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 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
Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

A prize of $10,000 is given annually to an emerging African American author for a short story collection or novel. Thomas Beller, Anthony Grooms, Elizabeth Nunez, Francine Prose, and Patricia Towers will...

$0 Fiction $10,000 10/1/14
GrubStreet
National Book Prize in Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given every three years for a recently published book of fiction by a writer living in the United States who has published at least one previous book of fiction. The winner also...

$30 Fiction $5,000 Reading 10/1/14
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Mighty River Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Big Muddy, a literary journal published by Southeast Missouri State University Press, will be given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 30...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/1/14
Spark
Poetry and Prose Writing Contest

A prize of $500 and publication in Spark: A Creative Anthology will be given quarterly for a poem, a short story, or a personal essay on a theme. The winner will also receive a lifetime membership...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 Publication 10/1/14
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 Residency 10/5/14
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 10/14/14
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship
An award of approximately $54,000 is given annually to a U.S. poet for a year of travel and study abroad. Submit two copies of either 40 pages of poetry or a published book and 20 pages of poetry, two...
$0 Poetry $54,000 10/15/14
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