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.

Sponsor and Award Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Award Elixir Press
Fiction Award

A prize of $2,000, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 120 to 500 pages with a $40...

Entry Fee $40 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Award Bridport Arts Centre
Bridport Prize

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $7,150) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. Two second-place prizes of £1,000 (approximately $1,430)...

Entry Fee $13 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $7,150 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Award BOA Editions
Short Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a short story collection. Peter Conners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 90 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee by May 31. Visit...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Award Writers' Village
International Short Fiction Competition

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,430) and publication on the Writers’ Village website is given twice yearly for a short story. John Yeoman will judge. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words via e-mail...

Entry Fee $21 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,430 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Award University of Georgia Press
Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 40,000 to 75,000 words...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Award Salamander
Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Salamander is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 30 pages with a $15 entry fee by June 1. Send an SASE or visit the website for...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Iowa Review
Jeff Sharlet Award

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

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award American Short Fiction
Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the winter issue of American Short Fiction is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 2,000 to 6,500 words with a $20 entry fee by June 1. All...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Writer's Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in New York City to meet one-on-one with four agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay....

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Nowhere Magazine
Travel Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." Porter Fox will judge. Unpublished and...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Willow Springs Books
Spokane Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Willow Springs Books is given annually for a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of three or more stories totaling at least 98 pages with a $27.50 entry fee...

Entry Fee $27 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
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 work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction written in a Nordic language...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award Bard College
Bard Fiction Prize
A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give at least one public lecture...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $30,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/15/16
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 current resident of Maryland who has lived in the state for at least three years. Books published within the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

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

Entry Fee $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/15/16
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 Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award Philadelphia Stories
Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Philadelphia Stories is given annually for a short story. The winner will also receive travel and lodging expenses to read at Rosemont College in October....

Entry Fee $12 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award Crook's Corner Book Prize Foundation
Book Prize

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a debut novel set in the American South. The winner is also entitled to receive a free glass of wine every day for a year at Crook's Corner Café and Bar in Chapel...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award December
Curt Johnson Prose Awards

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in December are given annually for a short story and an essay. Anthony Marra will judge in fiction and Eula Biss will judge in nonfiction. Submit a...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award New Rivers Press
American Fiction Short Story Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the anthology American Fiction is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $16 entry...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award New American Press
New American Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by New American Press is given annually for a book of fiction. Gina Frangello will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a collection of short stories or...

Entry Fee $22 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award Rosebud
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for a short story. Roderick Clark will judge. Submit a previously unpublished story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee,...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
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 Deadline 6/17/16
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 Deadline 6/22/16
Sponsor and Award Literary Arts
Oregon Literary Fellowships
Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. One Women Writers Fellowship and one Writer...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/24/16
Sponsor and Award University of North Texas Press
Katherine Anne Porter Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 100 to 200 pages with a $...
Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award University of Pittsburgh Press
Drue Heinz Literature Prize

A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Writers who have published at least one previous book of fiction or a minimum of...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $15,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given three times yearly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,...
Entry Fee $18 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
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 Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award Hidden River Arts
William Van Wert Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction (and a synopsis if submitting a novel excerpt) with a $17...

Entry Fee $17 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award The Moth
International Short Story Prize

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,330) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of publication, a weeklong retreat at the Circle of Missé in Missé...

Entry Fee $13 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $3,330 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award Winning Writers
North Street Book Prize

Three prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for self-published books of fiction, genre fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners also receive publication of an excerpt on the Winning Writers...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award Engine Books
Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Engine Books will be given annually for a short story collection, a novella collection, or a novel. Alix Ohlin will judge. Using the online submission system, submit...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
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 Deadline 7/1/16
Sponsor and Award Mark Twain House & Museum
Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a humorous short story or essay. Excerpts of the winning piece will be published on the Mark Twain House & Museum website. Using the online submission system,...

Entry Fee $23 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 7/10/16
Sponsor and Award Fairy Tale Review
Awards in Poetry and Prose

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fairy Tale Review are given annually for a group of poems and a work of fiction or creative nonfiction influenced by fairy tales. Traci Brimhall will...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/15/16
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Graphic Novel Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a graphic novel. Kate Gale will judge. Submit a manuscript of 75 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31, 2016. Call or...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/16
Sponsor and Award A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a female poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to complete a project for publication over a two-year period. The top finalist in each of the two...

Entry Fee $45 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $50,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/2/16