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 New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Fellowships in Poetry and Prose

Fellowships ranging from $7,000 to $12,000 each are awarded biennially to New Jersey poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to support new work. Full-time New Jersey residents who are...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $7,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 7/15/11
Sponsor and Award Kenyon College
Kenyon Review Fellowships

Two two-year fellowships, each including an annual stipend of $32,500, will be given biennially to poets, fiction writers, or creative nonfiction writers who have completed an MFA or PhD in creative...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $32,500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/1/11
Sponsor and Award Stanford University Libraries
William Saroyan International Prize

Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for works of fiction and creative nonfiction. The awards, cosponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, are “intended...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/12
Sponsor and Award Potomac Review
Annual Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Potomac Review is given biennially for a poem. The award rotates annually between poetry and fiction. All entries are considered for publication. Using the...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/12
Sponsor and Award Creative Capital
Artist Grants

Grants of up to $50,000 are offered triennially to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers also receive advisory and development services from Creative Capital. United States...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $50,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 3/1/12
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 A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer. One finalist in each genre will receive $5,000. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or prose with a $35...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $50,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 11/1/12
Sponsor and Award Pushcart Press
Editors’ Book Award

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

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 11/15/12
Sponsor and Award Publishing Triangle
Triangle Awards

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a first book of fiction by an LGBT author published in the United States or Canada during the current year. Two prizes of $1,000 each are also given for books of...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/6/12
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 PEN American Center
PEN Open Book Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book-length work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer of color published in the United States during the previous year. Authors may be of any...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 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 Creative Nonfiction
Walton Sustainability Solutions Best Creative Nonfiction Essay Award

A prize of $10,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction will be given for an essay on the theme “The Human Face of Sustainability.” The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,000 words...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 5/31/13
Sponsor and Award Winning Writers
Sports Fiction & Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a story and an essay on the theme of sports. Jendi Reiter will judge. Submit up to 6,000 words of prose...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 5/31/13
Sponsor and Award Southern Indiana Review
Thomas A. Wihelmus Editors’ Award

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. All entries are considered for publication. Submit an essay of up to 35 pages...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/1/13
Sponsor and Award Writer’s Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with editors and agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay. Prizes of $1,000 each are also given for a work...

Entry Fee $32 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Travel Application Deadlinesort icon 6/3/13
Sponsor and Award Autumn House Press
Book Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner also receives a $1,500...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/30/13
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 Santa Fe Writers Project
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 are given annually for works of fiction and creative nonfiction. David Morrell will judge in fiction, and Lee Gutkind will judge in creative nonfiction. Submit a manuscript of any...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 7/15/13
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 9/1/13
Sponsor and Award Literal Latté
Ames 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 an additional essay) by...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/15/13
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 $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 10/1/13
Sponsor and Award 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...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 10/15/13
Sponsor and Award 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...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 11/1/13
Sponsor and Award Crab Orchard Review
Special Issue Feature Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in the Summer/Fall issue of Crab Orchard Review will be given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "the...

Entry Fee $23 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/15/13
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 Ladies' Home Journal
Personal Essay Contest

A prize of $3,000 and possible publication in Ladies' Home Journal will be given annually for a personal essay on a theme. This year's theme is "the Best Decision I Ever Made." The editors will...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/6/13
Sponsor and Award PEN American Center
PEN Translation Prize
A prize of $3,000 is given annually for a book-length translation of prose from any language into English, published in the United States during the previous year. Translators may be of any nationality....
Entry Fee $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/16/13
Sponsor and Award PEN American Center
PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for an essay collection published in the United States during the previous year. Writers must be permanent U.S. residents or American citizens. Submit three copies of...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/16/13
Sponsor and Award PEN American Center
PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a book of literary nonfiction on the subject of physical or biological sciences published during the previous year. Writers must be permanent U.S. residents or...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/16/13
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 University of Texas
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 1/15/14
Sponsor and Award Massachusetts Cultural Council
Artist Fellowships

Grants of $10,000 each are given biennially to Massachusetts fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of prose by January 27. There is no...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/27/14
Sponsor and Award Bronx Council on the Arts
BRIO 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....

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/14
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 Stanford University Libraries
William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for works of fiction and creative nonfiction. The awards, cosponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, are "intended...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes 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 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...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $7,500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 2/15/14
Sponsor and Award 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...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 3/1/14
Sponsor and Award 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...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 3/1/14
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 Carolina Wren Press
Doris Bakwin Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a short story collection, a novel, or a memoir by a woman. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at...
Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/31/14
Sponsor and Award Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships

A fellowship of $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least two years. Using the online submission system,...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 5/2/14
Sponsor and Award National Book Foundation
National Book Awards
Three prizes of $10,000 each are awarded annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United States during the...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 5/15/14
Sponsor and Award Leeway Foundation
Transformation Awards
Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and Two-Spirit poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia area who have been...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $15,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 5/15/14
Sponsor and Award Iowa Review
Jeff Sharlet Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Iowa Review will be given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a U.S. military veteran or an active duty service member. Anthony...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 5/15/14
Sponsor and Award New Letters
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit three to six poems or up to 8,000 words of prose with a $...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 5/18/14
Sponsor and Award The Writer's Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receive a $250...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $250 Prize includes Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 5/30/14
Sponsor and Award Creative Nonfiction
Short Memoir Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction will be given for a short memoir. The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,000 words with a $20 entry fee (for an additional $5...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 5/31/14
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 Winning Writers
Sports Fiction and Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a story and an essay on the theme of sports. Ellen LaFleche and Jendi Reiter will judge. Submit up to 6,000...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 5/31/14
Sponsor and Award American-Scandinavian Foundation
Translation Prizes
A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, or Swedish work of poetry, fiction,...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/1/14
Sponsor and Award Southern Indiana Review
Thomas A. Wihelmus Editors' Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Submit an essay of up to 35 pages with a $20 entry fee ($5 for each additional...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/2/14
Sponsor and Award Writer's Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in New York City to meet with editors and agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay....

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 6/3/14
Sponsor and Award Towson University
Prize for Literature

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a writer who has lived in Maryland for at least three years and is currently a resident. Books published...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 6/15/14
Sponsor and Award Nowhere
Travel Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere will be given annually for a fiction or nonfiction story by a writer with "a powerful sense of place in their writing." Sam Moulton will judge....

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 6/15/14
Sponsor and Award Mexico
Fil Prize in Romance Languages
A prize of $150,000 is given annually to honor a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who writes in Catalan, French, Galician, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, or Spanish. The prize is...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $150,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 6/22/14
Sponsor and Award Literary Arts
Oregon Literary Fellowships
Fellowships of $2,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. In addition, one Women Writers Fellowship of...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 6/27/14
Sponsor and Award Northern Colorado Writers
Creative Nonfiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Northern Colorado Writers anthology Pooled Ink is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Laura Pritchett will judge. Submit an essay or...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/30/14
Sponsor and Award Autumn House Press
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner also receives a $1,500...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/30/14
Sponsor and Award Blue Mountain Center
Richard J. Margolis Award
A prize of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction with...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 7/1/14
Sponsor and Award Bellevue Literary Review
Prizes in Poetry and Prose

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works about health, healing, illness...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 7/1/14
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 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 Application Deadlinesort icon 7/15/14
Sponsor and Award Fairy Tale Review
Awards in Poetry and Prose

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fairy Tale Review will be given annually for a group of poems and a work of prose influenced by fairy tales. Ilya Kaminsky will judge in poetry, and...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 7/15/14
Sponsor and Award Cincinnati Review
Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Cincinnati Review will be given annually for a poem and a piece of fiction or creative nonfiction. Don Bogen will judge in poetry; Michael...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 7/15/14
Sponsor and Award Great Lakes Colleges Association
New Writers Awards

Three prizes are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer to honor their first books. The winners each receive an all-expenses-paid trip to several of the 13 GLCA...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 7/25/14
Sponsor and Award Narrative
Spring 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 work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place...

Entry Fee $22 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 7/31/14
Sponsor and Award Stone Canoe
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $500 each are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer who have a connection to upstate New York. A prize of $500 is also given annually to a U.S....

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 7/31/14
Sponsor and Award Delaware Division of the Arts
Individual Artist Fellowships

Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and Emerging Professional Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Delaware poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $6,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 8/1/14
Sponsor and Award Leeway Foundation
Art and Change Grants

Grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly by the Leeway Foundation to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and Two-Spirit poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 8/1/14
Sponsor and Award PEN Center USA
Emerging Voices Fellowships

Fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who lack access to financial and creative support. Each fellow participates in an eight-...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 8/11/14
Sponsor and Award Wag's Revue
Summer Writers' Contest

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

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 8/31/14
Sponsor and Award Gulf Coast
Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a piece of short prose. Amy Hempel will judge. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to 500...

Entry Fee $17 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 8/31/14
Sponsor and Award Black Warrior Review
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Richard Siken will judge in poetry, Lily Hoang will judge in...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/1/14
Sponsor and Award Slippery Elm
Poetry and Prose Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Jeff Gundy will judge in poetry, and David James Poissant will judge in prose...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/1/14
Sponsor and Award Good Housekeeping
All About Love Writing Contest

A prize of $2,000 and possible publication in Good Housekeeping will be given annually for a story or essay on a theme. The 2014 prize will be given for a work of creative nonfiction on the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/1/14
Sponsor and Award Dogwood
Literary Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Dogwood is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 22 pages of prose with a $...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/5/14
Sponsor and Award Hunger Mountain
Creative Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Hunger Mountain website is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Submit an essay of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by September 10....

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/10/14
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. Fanny Howe will judge...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/15/14
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 by a U.S. writer. A second-place prize of $750 and a third-place prize of $500 are also given. This...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/18/14
Sponsor and Award John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Writing Fellowships

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

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $50,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 9/19/14
Sponsor and Award Creative Nonfiction
Essay Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction is given annually for an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "Waiting." The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,000 words...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/22/14
Sponsor and Award New York Public Library
Cullman Center Fellowships

Up to 15 fellowships will be 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...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $70,000 Prize includes Office, library access Application Deadlinesort icon 9/26/14
Sponsor and Award American Academy in Berlin
Berlin Prize Fellowships

Approximately 24 residential fellowships are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to spend an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 9/29/14
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 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 10/1/14
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 10/1/14
Sponsor and Award 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....

Entry Fee $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 10/1/14
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 10/1/14
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 $1,350 Prize includes Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 10/5/14
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. Cheryl Strayed 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 10/15/14
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. Each winner 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 10/18/14
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 10/31/14
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 11/1/14