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 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 Deadline 9/19/14
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 Deadline 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 Deadline 9/29/14
Sponsor and Award Glimmer Train Press
Family Matters

A prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story about families of all configurations. Submit a story of up to 12...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/14
Sponsor and Award University of Iowa Press
Short Fiction Awards

Two publication awards are given annually by University of Iowa Press for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible. Submit a manuscript of at...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/14
Sponsor and Award University of Massachusetts Press
Juniper Prizes

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. In poetry, the award alternates yearly between first and...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/14
Sponsor and Award Hackney Literary Awards
Novel Contest

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 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 Deadline 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 Deadline 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 Deadline 10/1/14
Sponsor and Award Zoetrope: All-Story
Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope: All-Story website is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists are considered for representation by several literary agencies,...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/14
Sponsor and Award Boston Review
Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a short story. Ruth Ozeki will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a six-...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/14
Sponsor and Award Southern Indiana Review
Mary C. Mohr Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a short story. This year's award is given in poetry. Marie Howe will judge. Submit up to four poems...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/14
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 Deadline 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 Deadline 10/1/14
Sponsor and Award Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

A prize of $10,000 is given annually to an emerging African American author for a short story collection or novel. Thomas Beller, Anthony Grooms, Elizabeth Nunez, Francine Prose, and Patricia Towers will...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 10/1/14
Sponsor and Award GrubStreet
National Book Prize in Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given every three years for a recently published book of fiction by a writer living in the United States who has published at least one previous book of fiction. The winner also...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 10/1/14
Sponsor and Award Southeast Missouri State University Press
Mighty River Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Big Muddy, a literary journal published by Southeast Missouri State University Press, will be given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 30...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/14
Sponsor and Award Spark
Poetry and Prose Writing Contest

A prize of $500 and publication in Spark: A Creative Anthology will be given quarterly for a poem, a short story, or a personal essay on a theme. The winner will also receive a lifetime membership...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 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 Deadline 10/5/14
Sponsor and Award University of Louisville
Calvino Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Salt Hill Journal is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction written in the vein of Italo Calvino. The winner, if he or she resides in the 48...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/14/14
Sponsor and Award Ruminate
William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $20 entry fee by October 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 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 Deadline 10/18/14
Sponsor and Award Cutthroat
Poetry and Fiction Awards

Two awards of $1,250 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Martn Espada will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award, and Bobbie Ann Mason will...

Entry Fee $17 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,250 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/20/14
Sponsor and Award Omnidawn Publishing
Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction. Kate Bernheimer will judge. Submit a manuscript of one or more stories...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/22/14
Sponsor and Award Sixfold
Short Story and Poetry Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than...

Entry Fee $3 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/24/14
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 Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Glimmer Train Press
Very Short Fiction Award

A prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given quarterly for a very short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 3...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Dana Awards
Dana Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and a novel or novel-in-progress. Submit five poems of no more than 100 lines each with a $15 entry fee, a short story...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Indiana Review
Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a short story. Roxane Gay will judge. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Black Balloon Publishing
Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Black Balloon Publishing will be given annually for a short story collection or a novel. The editors will judge. Submit an unpublished manuscript of at least 50,000...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Rubery Book Award
Short Story Competition

A prize of £600 (approximately $1,010) and publication in the Rubery Book Award anthology will be given annually for a short story. Gaynor Arnold will judge. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words with a $...

Entry Fee $13 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,010 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 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 Deadline 11/1/14
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 or up to 5,000 words of...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award Reed Magazine
John Steinbeck Short Story Award

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

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award Fiction Collective Two
Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a short story collection, a novella or novella collection, or a novel. U.S....

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $15,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award Mid-American Review
Poetry and Fiction Contests

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mid-American Review are given annually for a single poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems for the James Wright Poetry Award or a short...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award Southeast Missouri State University Press
Nilsen Literary Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, a novella, or a collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who has not yet published a...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award Washington Writers' Publishing House
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or a novel. Writers who live in Washington, D.C...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award Fiction Collective Two
Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a short story collection, a novella or novella collection, or a novel. U.S. writers who have not previously published a...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14
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 Deadline 11/1/14
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 Deadline 11/1/14
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 Deadline 11/2/14
Sponsor and Award Three Percent
Best Translated Book Awards

Two awards of $10,000 each will be given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or novel translated into English for the first time and published in the previous year. The winning...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 11/14/14
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 $22 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/15/14
Sponsor and Award National Poetry Review Press
Rousseau Prize for Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press, in collaboration with Dream Horse Press, is given annually for a collection of poetry or flash fiction. Profits from entry fees are...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/15/14
Sponsor and Award Tampa Review
Danahy Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of 500 to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/30/14