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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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Tennessee Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships

Up to three grants of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are financially compensated for their work as professional artists and are current...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 1/25/16
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Artist Fellowships

Up to seven grants of $12,000 each are given biennially to Massachusetts fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers. Up to seven finalists will also receive $1,000 grants. Using the online...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $12,000 1/25/16
Stanford University Libraries
William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for books of fiction and creative nonfiction published during the previous two years. The awards, cosponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the...

$50 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 1/29/16
Moment Magazine
Moment Magazine–Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and possible publication in Moment is given annually for a short story with Jewish subject matter. Submit a story of up to 7,000 words with a $15 entry fee by January 29. All...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/29/16
North Carolina Writers' Network
Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story. The winning story is considered for publication in Thomas Wolfe Review. Submit two copies of a story of up to 12 pages with a $25 entry fee...

$25 Fiction $1,000 1/30/16
Iowa Review
Iowa Review Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Brenda Shaughnessy will judge in poetry, Kelly Link will...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 1/31/16
Ohioana Library Association
Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant

A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an Ohio fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer age 30 or under who has not published a book. Writers born in Ohio or who have lived in Ohio for a minimum of...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 1/31/16
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Orlando Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in a participating journal are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by women writers. Submit a poem of no more than...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/16
Writers at Work
Fellowship Competition

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Quarterly West are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or a novel excerpt, and an essay. The winners also receive tuition to attend...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/16
Black Lawrence Press
Big Moose Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 90 to 1,000...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/16
Chattahoochee Review
Lamar York Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Tayari Jones will judge in fiction; Dinty W. Moore will judge in nonfiction....

$15 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/16
Crazyhorse
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Khaled Mattawa will judge in poetry, Joan Silber will judge in fiction, and...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 1/31/16
Winter Anthology
Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, or an essay. Richard Kenney will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/16
Balcones Center for Creative Writing
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three copies of a book published in 2015 (...

$0 Poetry, Fiction $1,500 1/31/16
Little Tokyo Historical Society
Short Story Contest

A prize of $500 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website is given annually for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. Submit a story...

$0 Fiction $500 Publication 1/31/16
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