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 DIAGRAM
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or mixed-genre work. Ander Monson will judge. Submit a...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/27/15
Sponsor and Award Nimrod International Journal
Nimrod Literary Awards

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for works of poetry and short fiction. The winners also receive transportation and lodging to attend...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
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 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Fellowships and Grants

Individual Artist Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to Minnesota writers, and Career Development Grants of up to $3,000 each are given twice a year to Minnesota writers to pursue a specific...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Noemi Press
Book Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Noemi Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a novel or short story collection. The editors will judge. Submit up to 70 pages of poetry or a...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Willow Books
Literature Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to give a reading at...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Late Night Library
Debut-litzer Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a debut book of poetry and a book of fiction published in the previous year. The winners will also be featured on the Late Night Library podcast series....

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Winning Writers
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Arthur Powers will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a short...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge
Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that "illuminates the heritage of America's mid-continental prairies."...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award International Rubery Book Award
International Rubery Book Award

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,520) is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction that is self-published or published by an independent press. The winning book will also be...

Entry Fee $60 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,520 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Leapfrog Press
Fiction Award

A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or a novella. Mark Brazaitis and the editors will judge. Submit via e-mail a manuscript of at...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,150 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/15
Sponsor and Award St. Francis College
Literary Prize

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially for a third, fourth, or fifth published book of fiction. Self-published books and English translations are eligible. Erin McGraw, Sigrid Nunez, and Daniel Torday...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $50,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/1/15
Sponsor and Award Southwest Review
David Nathan Meyerson Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a full-length book of fiction. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/15
Sponsor and Award Australian Book Review
Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

A prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $4,100) and publication in Australian Book Review will be given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of $2,000 AUD (approximately $1,640) and a...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/15
Sponsor and Award National Book Foundation
National Book Awards
Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United States during the previous year....
Entry Fee $135 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award Leeway Foundation
Transformation Awards
Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and trans poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia area who have been creating art for social change for five or more...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $15,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award Carve Magazine
Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Carve Magazine is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic submissions) by May 15....

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award Ploughshares
Emerging Writer's Contest

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are...

Entry Fee $24 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Cutthroat is given annually for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation over 5,000...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award Sonora Review
Annual Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and a micro-essay. Rusty Morrison will judge in poetry, Stuart Dybek...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society
William Faulkner–Wisdom Competition

A $7,500 prize will be given annually for a novel. A $2,000 prize for a book of nonfiction, and three $1,500 prizes for a short story, a novella, and a novel-in-progress will also be given. The winners...

Entry Fee $40 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $7,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award Willow Springs Editions
Spokane Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Willow Springs Editions and Lost Horse Press is given annually for a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of three or more stories totaling at least 98 pages...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/15
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 $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/18/15
Sponsor and Award Artist Trust
Grants for Artist Projects

Grants of up to $1,500 each are given annually to Washington State poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers. Students enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible. Submit a writing sample...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/18/15
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