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 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). Prizes are also given for a first book of fiction and a...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline 12/22/14
Sponsor and Award Florida Review
Jeanne M. Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Florida Review will be given annually for a chapbook of flash fiction or nonfiction, short stories, essays, or graphic narrative. Patricia Grace King will...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/30/14
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 Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Civil War Institute
Michael Shaara Book Prize

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel about the Civil War published during the previous year to "encourage fresh approaches to Civil War fiction." Publishers, critics, and authors may submit...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/14
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 Deadline 12/31/14
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 $1,000 second-place prize is also given. The editors will judge. Using the online submission...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
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 writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants will be awarded to fiction writers. Using the online...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/14
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 2014 by authors residing west of the Mississippi River. The winners will also...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/14
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 Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award River Styx
Schlafly Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a short short story. The winner also receives a case of Schlafly microbrewed beer. Submit up to three stories of no more...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
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 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Boulevard
Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a nationally distributed book. The editors will judge. Submit a story of up...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Livingston Press
Tartt Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Livingston Press, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first collection of short stories by a U.S. citizen. Fiction writers who have not published a short story...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Writers' Village
International Short Fiction Competition

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,669) 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 by e-mail...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,669 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Lascaux Review
Prize in Short Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Lascaux Review is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee by December 31. Previously published stories...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Moment Magazine
Moment Magazine–Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and possible publication in Moment is given annually for a short story with Jewish subject matter. Submit a story of up to 7,000 words with a $15 entry fee by December 31. All...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award PEN New England
PEN/Hemingway Award

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a debut novel or short story collection published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives a residency fellowship at the Ucross...

Entry Fee $40 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Mississippi Review
Mississippi Review Prize

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Current or former University of Southern Mississippi students are ineligible....

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/1/15
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 to 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 Deadline 1/2/15
Sponsor and Award Spark
Writing Contest

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

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/4/15
Sponsor and Award Virginia Commonwealth University
Cabell First Novelist Award
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and the winner's editor and agent also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the First Novelist Festival...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/14/15
Sponsor and Award BkMk Press
Ciardi/Chandra Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 110 pages of poetry or 125 to 300 pages of...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/15/15
Sponsor and Award Ruth Hindman Foundation
H. E. Francis Short Story Competition

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee between December 15 and January 15, 2015. If submitting by mail, include two copies of the...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/15/15
Sponsor and Award Third Coast
Poetry and Fiction Contest

Two awards of $1,000 each and publication in Third Coast are given annually for a poem and a short story. Ralph Angel will judge the Third Coast Poetry Prize, and Stuart Dybek will judge the...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/15/15
Sponsor and Award French-American Foundation
Translation Prizes

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. A...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/15/15
Sponsor and Award Literal Latté
K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two stories) by January 15, 2015. All...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/15/15
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 Deadline 1/15/15
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 Deadline 1/23/15
Sponsor and Award PRISM
Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $2,000 Canadian (approximately $1,758) and publication in PRISM will be given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $40 entry fee ($5 for each...

Entry Fee $40 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/23/15
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 1/24/15
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 Deadline 1/26/15
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 Deadline 1/30/15
Sponsor and Award North Carolina Writers' Network
Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story. The winning story is considered for publication in Thomas Wolfe Review. Submit two copies of a story of up to 12 pages with a $25 entry fee...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/30/15
Sponsor and Award New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given for a poem, a work of fiction, a work of short short fiction, and a work of nonfiction (including creative...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Glimmer Train Press
Very Short Fiction Award
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given quarterly for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 3,000 words with a $15 entry fee by...
Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
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. Srikanth Reddy will judge in poetry, Kevin Brockmeier will...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
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 under the age of 30 who has not published a book. Writers born in Ohio or who have lived in Ohio for a minimum...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award A Room of Her Own Foundation
Orlando Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review 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...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Writers at Work
Fellowship Competition

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or a novel excerpt, and an essay. The winners will also be published in Quarterly West and will receive tuition...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Black Lawrence Press
Big Moose Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 90 to 1,000...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Chattahoochee Review
Lamar York Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. David James Poissant will judge in fiction; Marcia Aldrich will judge in...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Crazyhorse
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Alberto Ros will judge in poetry; Adam Johnson will judge in fiction;...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Winter Anthology
Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a single story or essay, or a full-length novel, novella, or collection of poetry, short stories, or...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Balcones Center for Creative Writing
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three copies of a book published in 2014 (...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Center for Fiction
New York City Emerging Writers Fellowship

Fellowships of $4,000 each, membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and unlimited access to the center's Writers' Studio is given annually to fiction writers living in New York City who...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $4,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Caine Prize
Caine Prize

A prize of £10,000 (approximately $15,712) is given annually for a previously published short story by an African writer. Shortlisted candidates will receive £500 (approximately $786) and some travel...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $15,712 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Little Tokyo Historical Society
Short Story Contest

A prize of $600 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website will be given annually for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. Submit a...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $600 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Memphis
Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Memphis magazine is given annually for a short story by a writer living within 150 miles of Memphis, Tennessee. Submit a story of 3,000 to 4,500 words with a...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/1/15
Sponsor and Award Arcadia
Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Arcadia is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 12,000 words with a $15...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/1/15
Sponsor and Award Stadler Center for Poetry
Philip Roth Residencies

Two four-month residencies, each of which include a $4,000 stipend, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given in alternating years to poets, fiction writers, and creative...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $4,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/1/15