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 Gival Press
Novel Award

A prize of $3,000, publication by Gival Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a novel. Submit a manuscript of 30,000 to 100,000 words with a $50 entry fee by May 30. Send an SASE, call, e-...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/30/15
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 5/30/15
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 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 5/31/15
Sponsor and Award Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given quarterly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000....

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/15
Sponsor and Award Bridport Arts Centre
Bridport Prize

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $7,700) 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 $1,540)...

Entry Fee $11 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $7,700 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/15
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 5/31/15
Sponsor and Award University of Georgia Press
Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Georgia Press are given annually for collections of short fiction. Submit a manuscript of 40,000 to 75,000 words with a $25 entry fee by May 31...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/15
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 Deadline 6/1/15
Sponsor and Award Salamander
Fiction Prize

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

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/15
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 6/1/15
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 6/1/15
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 Deadline 6/14/15
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 Deadline 6/15/15
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 6/15/15
Sponsor and Award Crook's Corner Book Prize Foundation
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a debut novel set in the American South. The winner will also be entitled to receive a free glass of wine every day for a year at Crook's Corner Café and Bar in...

Entry Fee $45 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/15/15
Sponsor and Award RopeWalk Press
Editor's Fiction Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by RopeWalk Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a fiction chapbook. Submit a manuscript of up to 45 pages with a $20 entry fee ($5 for each additional entry)...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/15
Sponsor and Award December
Curt Johnson Prose Awards

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in December will be given annually for a short story and an essay. Joyce Carol Oates will judge in fiction, and Albert Goldbarth will judge in...

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

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

Entry Fee $22 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/15
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. Steve Almond will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 10,...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/15
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 6/22/15
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. In addition, one Women Writers Fellowship of...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/26/15
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 6/30/15
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. The prize is open to writers who have published a book of fiction or a minimum of...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $15,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/15
Sponsor and Award Glimmer Train Press
Fiction Open

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also given. Using the online submission system, submit a...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/15
Sponsor and Award Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women

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

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/30/15
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Short Story Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Los Angeles Review is given annually for a short story. Sean Bernard will judge. Submit up to two stories of no more than 25 pages each with a $20 entry fee by...
Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/15
Sponsor and Award Hunger Mountain
Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hunger Mountain is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by June 30. Visit the website for complete...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/15
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 6/30/15
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 6/30/15
Sponsor and Award Matrix Magazine
Lit POP Awards

Two prizes valued at $2,000 each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The winners will receive $100, publication in Matrix Magazine, and transportation and lodging to...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/30/15
Sponsor and Award Writers' Village
International Short Fiction Competition

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,540) and publication on the Writers Village website is given twice yearly for a short story. John Yeoman will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story...

Entry Fee $23 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,540 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/15
Sponsor and Award The Moth
International Short Story Prize

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,390) 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 $14 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $3,390 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/15
Sponsor and Award Tuscany Press
Prize for Catholic Fiction

A prize of $5,000 will be given annually for a novel of Catholic fiction that "captures the imagination of the reader and is infused with the presence of God and faith." A second-place prize of $2,000...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/30/15
Sponsor and Award Winning Writers
North Street Book Prize

Two prizes of $1,500 each will be given annually for self-published books of fiction and creative nonfiction. The winners will also receive a marketing consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, $300 in...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/30/15
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 7/1/15
Sponsor and Award Nowhere Magazine
Spring Travel Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine will be given annually for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." John Jeremiah Sullivan will judge. Unpublished...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/1/15
Sponsor and Award Mark Twain House & Museum
Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a humorous short story or essay. Excerpts of the winning piece will be published on the Mark Twain House & Museum website. Ben Yagoda will judge. Submit a...

Entry Fee $22 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 7/10/15
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 prose influenced by fairy tales. Joyelle McSweeney will judge in poetry, and...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/15/15
Sponsor and Award New Guard
Poetry and Fiction Contest

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Guard are given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt. Roger Bonair-Agard will judge the Knightville Poetry Contest; Adam Braver...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/20/15