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 New Hampshire State Council on the Arts 
Individual Artist Fellowships

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given every three years to New Hampshire poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. New Hampshire residents who are not enrolled full-time in a degree-...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/11
Sponsor and Award North Carolina Arts Council
Writers’ Fellowships

Fellowships of $10,000 each are given biennially to North Carolina poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and literary translators. Applicants must have lived in North Carolina for at least...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 11/1/12
Sponsor and Award PEN American Center
PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction

A prize of $10,000 is given biennially for a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective. Submit three copies of a book published in 2011 or 2012...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/13
Sponsor and Award Kresge Foundation
Literary Artist Fellowships

Nine fellowships of $25,000 each will be given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers living in metropolitan Detroit. The fellowships are designed to enable writers to devote...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/13
Sponsor and Award PEN American Center
PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants

Grants of $2,000 to $4,000 each are given annually to support the translation of book-length works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that have not previously appeared in English or have...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $4,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/13
Sponsor and Award Summer Literary Seminars
Unified Literary Contest

Three prizes, valued at $5,200 each, to attend the Summer Literary Seminars program in Lithuania or Kenya are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer. The prizes...

Entry Fee $17 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,200 Prize includes Publication, Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 2/28/13
Sponsor and Award Teachers & Writers Collaborative
Bechtel Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Teachers & Writers Magazine is given annually for an essay that relates to creative writing education or literary studies. Susan Orlean will judge....

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 7/1/13
Sponsor and Award Eco Arts Awards
Prize in Literature

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that addresses the theme of ecology. Alan Leslie Combs and David Vaux will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 11/18/13
Sponsor and Award Artist Trust
Literature Fellowships

Fellowships of $7,500 are awarded biennially to Washington State poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Students enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible. Submit up to 12...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $7,500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/13/14
Sponsor and Award Goethe-Institut Chicago
Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a book translated from German into English published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/14
Sponsor and Award University of East Anglia
Charles Pick South Asian Fellowship

A six-month fellowship at the University of East Anglia, which includes a £10,000 (approximately $16,187) stipend, is given annually to an unpublished fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer from...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $16,187 Prize includes Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/14
Sponsor and Award Accenti
Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 Canadian (approximately $957) and publication in Accenti is given annually for a short story or an essay. Submit a manuscript of up to 2,000 words with a $20 Canadian (...

Entry Fee $19 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/7/14
Sponsor and Award 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...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 3/3/14
Sponsor and Award Graywolf Press
Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $12,000 and publication by Graywolf Press is given occasionally for a work-in-progress of creative nonfiction by a writer not yet established in the genre. U.S. writers who have published at...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $12,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 5/31/14
Sponsor and Award Pressgang
Pressgang Prize

A prize of $1,500, publication by Pressgang, and a reading at Butler University will be given annually for book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The editorial board will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 5/31/14
Sponsor and Award StoryQuarterly
Essay Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in StoryQuarterly will be given annually for an essay. Maggie Nelson will judge. Submit an essay of up to 6,250 words with a $15 entry fee by July 1. Visit the...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 7/1/14
Sponsor and Award 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...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/30/14
Sponsor and Award San Miguel Writers' Conference
Writing Contest

Three prizes valued at approximately $1,000 each will be given annually for a group of poems, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay or memoir excerpt. The prize includes full tuition, lodging, an...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Conference Registration Application Deadlinesort icon 11/2/14
Sponsor and Award Bethesda Literary Festival
Writing Contests

Two prizes of $500 each will be given annually for a short story and an essay. The winning short story and essay will be published in Bethesda Magazine. Residents of Maryland's Montgomery county...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/23/15
Sponsor and Award Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission
United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies

Up to five residencies of three to five months, each of which include a monthly stipend of $20,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support, are awarded annually to published U.S. poets,...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $20,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 2/2/15
Sponsor and Award 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...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/20/15
Sponsor and Award 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...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/28/15
Sponsor and Award Center for Documentary Studies
Documentary Essay Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Document and on the Center for Documentary Studies website will be given biennially for an essay that uses documentary methods. The winner will also receive...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication, Travel and Lodging Expenses Application Deadlinesort icon 3/2/15
Sponsor and Award 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...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $20,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award A Room of Her Own Foundation
Book Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Red Hen Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of prose by women writers. The winners also receive $1,000 each for promotional and travel...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 4/1/15
Sponsor and Award Zone 3 Press
Creative Nonfiction Book Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a memoir or essay collection. Amy Fusselman will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 15...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 4/15/15
Sponsor and Award North Carolina Humanities Council
Linda Flowers Literary Award

A prize of $500 and a weeklong residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina, is given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction that...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 7/15/15
Sponsor and Award Rosebud
X. J. Kennedy Award for Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for an essay. Roderick Clark and Robert Wake will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee by August 15....

Entry Fee $10 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 8/15/15
Sponsor and Award Ohio Arts Council
Individual Excellence Awards

Grants of $5,000 are awarded biennially to Ohio poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers who have been residents of Ohio for one year prior to the application deadline and are not...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 9/1/15
Sponsor and Award Les Figues Press
NOS Book Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press is given annually for an innovative book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Cross-genre collections are also eligible. lê thi diem thúy will...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/15/15
Sponsor and Award Drake University
Emerging Writer Award

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a first book of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or graphic poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, published in the last three years. The prize is given in...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 9/15/15
Sponsor and Award John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Writing Fellowships

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

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $50,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 9/18/15
Sponsor and Award 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. A second-place prize of $750 and a third-place prize of $500 are also given. The theme this year is "...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/21/15
Sponsor and Award Travelers' Tales
Solas Awards

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the annual anthology The Best Travel Writing and on the Travelers' Tales website will be given annually for a travel essay. Writers from Arizona and Vermont...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/21/15
Sponsor and Award 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...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $75,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 9/23/15
Sponsor and Award New York Public Library
Cullman Center Fellowships

Up to 15 fellowships are 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 Library...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $70,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 9/25/15
Sponsor and Award American Academy in Berlin
Berlin Prize Fellowships

Up to five residential fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to spend one to two academic semesters in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award Hippocampus Magazine
Remember in November Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication in Hippocampus Magazine, and free admission to the annual HippoCamp Conference in Fall 2016 will be given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system...

Entry Fee $12 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award Key West Literary Seminar
Emerging Writer Awards

Three prizes valued at $4,000 each will be given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have not published a book with a major publisher. The winners will each...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $4,000 Prize includes Workshop Application Deadlinesort icon 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award 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 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($5 for each additional essay) by September...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award 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,...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 10/1/15
Sponsor and Award 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...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 10/1/15
Sponsor and Award Crab Orchard Review
Special Issue Feature Awards

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "Family, Enemies, Friends: The...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 10/1/15
Sponsor and Award 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-...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,150 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 10/5/15
Sponsor and Award Alligator Juniper
National Writing Contest

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Alligator Juniper are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems or a story or essay of up to 30 pages with a $...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 10/15/15
Sponsor and Award River Teeth
Literary Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Andre Dubus III will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 400 pages with a $25...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 10/15/15
Sponsor and Award A Public Space
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three six-month fellowships of $1,000 each, publication in A Public Space, mentorship from an established author who has contributed to A Public Space, and optional workspace in the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 10/15/15
Sponsor and Award Cutthroat
Writing Awards

Three prizes of $1,250 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Natalie Diaz will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award; Stuart Dybek...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,250 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 10/20/15
Sponsor and Award Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Career Development Grants

Grants of up to $3,000 are given twice yearly to allow Minnesota writers to take advantage of a specific arts opportunity. Poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are U.S. citizens...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 10/30/15
Sponsor and Award Tucson Festival of Books
Literary Awards

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

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Workshop Application Deadlinesort icon 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Nonfiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a essay collection or memoir. Kate Gale will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 200 pages with a $20 entry fee by October 31....

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award American-Scandinavian Foundation
Writing Fellowships and Grants

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

Entry Fee $60 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $23,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award 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 totaling no more than six...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award South Carolina Arts Commission
Artist Fellowships

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

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award Santa Fe Writers Project
Literary Awards

A prize of $1,500 and publication with the Santa Fe Writers Project is given annually for a short story or essay collection, novel, or memoir. Two runners-up will also receive $1,000 each and publication...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award New Rivers Press
Many Voices Project Competition

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an emerging writer. The winning works are published by New Rivers Press and...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award Washington College
Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is given annually to a...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $45,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award Malahat Review
Open Season Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,155) each and publication in Malahat Review will be given annually for a group of three poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three...

Entry Fee $40 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award Reed Magazine
Gabriele Rico Challenge in Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,333 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,333 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award Narrative
30 Below Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30...

Entry Fee $23 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/15/15
Sponsor and Award Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival
Brooklyn Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the borough's "rich...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/15/15
Sponsor and Award Pushcart Press
Editors' Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been submitted to but not accepted by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes "worthy manuscripts that have...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 11/15/15
Sponsor and Award Pleiades Press
Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press will be given annually for a collection of short stories, flash fiction, essays, or lyric essays...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/15/15
Sponsor and Award PRISM
Creative Nonfiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,125) and publication in PRISM is given annually for an essay. Submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $40 entry fee by November 20. All entries...

Entry Fee $40 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/20/15
Sponsor and Award Narrative
Fall Story Contest

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A second-place prize of $1,000 and...

Entry Fee $23 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/30/15
Sponsor and Award Quarter After Eight
Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest

A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight will be given annually for a prose poem, a short-short story, or a micro-essay. Alison Stine will judge. Submit up to three pieces of...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 11/30/15
Sponsor and Award Pushcart Press
Pushcart Prizes

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines or small presses during the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/1/15
Sponsor and Award Willow Books
Literature Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The winners are also invited to give a reading at the...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/1/15
Sponsor and Award Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Meringoff Awards

Three prizes of $2,000 each and possible publication in the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers journal, Literary Imagination, or its newsletter, Literary Matters,...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/1/15
Sponsor and Award Tupelo Press
Tupelo Quarterly Prose Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tupelo Quarterly is given annually for a work of fiction or nonfiction (including creative nonfiction). Using the online submission system, submit up to 15...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/1/15
Sponsor and Award Permafrost
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Alaska Press will be given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. The 2016 prize will be given for a book of nonfiction;...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/1/15
Sponsor and Award Bronx Council on the Arts
BRIO Artist Awards

Grants of $3,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who reside in the Bronx in New York City. Winners must complete a one-time public service activity as...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/2/15
Sponsor and Award Morehead State University
Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by an Appalachian writer. The winner is invited to give a reading in October at Morehead State University....

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 12/7/15
Sponsor and Award National Endowment for the Arts
Translation Fellowships

Grants of $12,500 and $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in collaboration, at least 20 pages of...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $12,500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/8/15
Sponsor and Award Publishing Triangle
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction from an LGBT point of view and a first book of fiction by an LGBT author. Two prizes of $1,000 each are also given for books of creative...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/8/15
Sponsor and Award Friends of American Writers
Literary Award

A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who previously resided in the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $4,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/10/15
Sponsor and Award University of Iowa Press
Iowa Prize in Literary Nonfiction

Publication by University of Iowa Press will be given annually for an essay collection. Richard Preston will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40,000 to 90,000 words with a $10 entry fee by December 10....

Entry Fee $10 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/10/15
Sponsor and Award DIAGRAM
Essay Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in DIAGRAM is given annually for an essay. Hybrid elements and unique textual, formal, or visual elements are encouraged, but not required. Ander Monson and...

Entry Fee $17 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/15/15
Sponsor and Award Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua Prize

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year. The winner also receives a weeklong, all-expenses-paid summer residency at Chautauqua...

Entry Fee $75 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $7,500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/15/15
Sponsor and Award Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Literary Awards

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African American writer published in...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/18/15
Sponsor and Award Commonwealth Club of California
California Book Awards

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. Prizes are also given...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/22/15
Sponsor and Award Florida Review
Jeanne M. Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Florida Review is given annually for a chapbook of flash fiction or nonfiction, short stories, essays, or graphic narrative. Submit a manuscript of up to 45...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/30/15
Sponsor and Award Before Columbus Foundation
American Book Awards
Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year that make contributions to American multicultural literature. Submit two copies of a book or galley published in...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/15
Sponsor and Award Cleveland Foundation
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that "contribute to our understanding of racism...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/15
Sponsor and Award Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women

Grants of up to $1,500 are given twice yearly to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants will be awarded to...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/15
Sponsor and Award PEN Center USA
Literary Awards

Prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation published in the previous year by authors residing west of the Mississippi River. The winners...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/15
Sponsor and Award 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...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/15
Sponsor and Award Biographers International Organization
Rowley Prize

A prize of $2,000 will be given biennially for a biography proposal by a writer who has not yet published a biography. The winner will also be considered for representation by a participating literary...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/15
Sponsor and Award San José State University
Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing

A one-year residency at San José State University, which includes a stipend of $10,000, is given annually to two or three fiction writers or creative nonfiction writers. The fellows will give one public...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Reading, Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 1/2/16
Sponsor and Award Ellen Meloy Fund
Desert Writers Award

A prize of $3,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer "whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Meloy's writing" to spend creative time in a desert...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/16
Sponsor and Award University of Texas in Austin
Dobie Paisano Fellowships

Two residencies, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, at a rural retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, have lived in Texas for at least three years, or who...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/16
Sponsor and Award North Carolina Writers' Network
Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Ecotone will be given annually for an essay that "is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians." Kate Sweeney will...

Entry Fee $12 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/16
Sponsor and Award Australian Book Review
Calibre Prize

A prize of $5,000 Australian (approximately $3,550) and publication in Australian Book Review will be given annually for an essay. Sophie Cunningham and Peter Rose will judge. Submit an essay of...

Entry Fee $21 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/18/16
Sponsor and Award 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...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/25/16
Sponsor and Award 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...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $12,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/25/16
Sponsor and Award 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...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/29/16
Sponsor and Award 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...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/16
Sponsor and Award 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...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/16
Sponsor and Award 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...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/16
Sponsor and Award 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...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/16