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 Deadlinesort icon
Sponsor and Award Friends of American Writers
Literary Award

A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who previously resided in the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $4,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/10/16
Sponsor and Award University of Iowa Press
Iowa Prize in Literary Nonfiction

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for an essay collection. Meghan Daum will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40,000 to 90,000 words with a $10 entry fee by December 10. Visit the...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/10/16
Sponsor and Award Creative Nonfiction
Essay Contest

A prize of $10,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction is given occasionally for an essay. A $5,000 runner-up prize is also awarded. The theme for the Fall 2017 issue is "The Dialogue Between...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/12/16
Sponsor and Award Gival Press
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Gival Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 45 pages with a $20 entry fee by December 15. Send an SASE,...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/15/16
Sponsor and Award Center for Book Arts
Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive an additional $500 to give a reading at the Center for Book...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/15/16
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 Deadlinesort icon 12/15/16
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 by writers of color. Using the online submission system,...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/15/16
Sponsor and Award Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Literary Awards

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African American writer published in...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/16/16
Sponsor and Award Quercus Review Press
Poetry Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Quercus Review Press, and 15 author copies is given twice yearly for a poetry collection. Dana Koster will judge the Fall Poetry Book Award. Submit a manuscript of up to...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/16/16
Sponsor and Award Codhill Press
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Pauline Uchmanowicz will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $30 entry fee...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/20/16
Sponsor and Award Poetry Society of America
Robert H. Winner Memorial Award

A prize of $2,500 and publication of a poem on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Submit two copies of 10 pages of poetry...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/22/16
Sponsor and Award Poetry Society of America
Chapbook Fellowships

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Poetry Society of America are given annually for poetry chapbooks by poets who have not published a full-length collection. Two fellowships are given to...

Entry Fee $12 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/22/16
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) published during the previous year. Prizes are also given...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/23/16
Sponsor and Award Florida Review
Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Florida Review is given annually for a chapbook of flash fiction or nonfiction, short stories, essays, or graphic narrative. Submit a manuscript of up to 45...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/30/16
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 Deadlinesort icon 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Before Columbus Foundation
American Book Awards
Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize "outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America's diverse literary community."...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/16
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 Deadlinesort icon 12/31/16
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 the previous year by authors residing west of the Mississippi River. The winners...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Tupelo Press
Dorset Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art valued at $1,500...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award The Moth
Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

A prize of €10,000 (approximately $11,200) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a poem. Three runner-up prizes of €1,000 (approximately $1,120) each are also given. The winners will...

Entry Fee $13 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $11,200 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/16
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. Submit up to three stories of no more than 500 words each with a $10 entry fee, which includes a copy...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/16
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 $16 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry
Griffin Poetry Prize

Two prizes of $65,000 Canadian (approximately $50,000) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator. Sue Goyette, Joan...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $65,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/16
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 Deadlinesort icon 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Society of Classical Poets
Poetry Competition

A prize of $500 and publication on the Society of Classical Poets website is given annually for a group of three to five poems on a theme. One poem must address human rights in China, terrorism, or the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Lascaux Review
Prize in Short Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in 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 are...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Omnidawn Publishing
Open Poetry Book Contest

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Terrance Hayes will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages with a $27 entry...

Entry Fee $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Lascaux Review
Book Prize

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a novel published during the previous two years. Submit a book published in 2015 or 2016 with a $25 entry fee by December 31....

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Ashland Creek Press
Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an unpublished or published book of fiction or creative nonfiction that focuses on the environment, animal protection, ecology, or wildlife. The winner also...

Entry Fee $17 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Crosswinds
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Crosswinds will be given annually for a poem. Lisa Starr will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length with a $20...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Press 53
Award for Short Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Press 53 is given annually for a story collection. Kevin Morgan Watson will judge. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 250 pages with a $30 entry fee by December 31. Visit...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Restless Books
Prize for New Immigrant Writing

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books will be given in alternating years for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction by a first-generation resident of the United States. The 2016 prize...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/16
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 Deadlinesort icon 1/1/17
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 Deadlinesort icon 1/1/17
Sponsor and Award Center for Fiction
Christopher Doheny Award

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a full-length fiction or nonfiction manuscript about serious physical illness by a writer who has personal experience with life-threatening illness. The winner...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/2/17
Sponsor and Award Glimmer Train Press
Family Matters

A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given annually for a short story about families of any configuration. Using the online submission...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/2/17
Sponsor and Award San José State University
Steinbeck Fellowships in Creative Writing

Four yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $10,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers. The fellows...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 1/2/17
Sponsor and Award WOMR/WFMR Community Radio
Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than seven pages with a $15 entry fee by January 2, 2017. Visit the website for complete...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/2/17
Sponsor and Award Gemini Magazine
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $5 entry fee by January 3, 2017. Send an...

Entry Fee $5 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/3/17
Sponsor and Award Frost Place
Dartmouth Poet-In-Residence Award

A prize of $2,000 and a six- to eight-week residency at the Frost Place, Robert Frost's former home in Franconia, New Hampshire, is given annually to a poet who has published at least one poetry...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 1/5/17
Sponsor and Award Frost Place
Chapbook Competition

A prize of $250, publication by Bull City Press, 10 author copies, and a fellowship to attend the Frost Place Poetry Seminar (valued at $1,550) is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $250 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/5/17
Sponsor and Award Poets & Writers, Inc.
Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to give a reading and meet with...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 1/9/17
Sponsor and Award Notting Hill Editions
Essay Prize

A prize of £20,000 (approximately $26,600) will be given biennially for an essay. Five runner-up prizes of £1,000 (approximately $1,330) will also be given. The winners will all be published in an...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $26,600 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/9/17
Sponsor and Award Unterberg Poetry Center
Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prizes

Four prizes of $500 each and publication in Boston Review are given annually for a group of poems. Winners also receive transportation to and lodging in New York City to give a reading at the...

Entry Fee $12 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/13/17
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 agent will also receive lodging and travel expenses to attend the First Novelist...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/14/17
Sponsor and Award Colorado Review
Colorado Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Susan Howe will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/14/17
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 Deadlinesort icon 1/15/17
Sponsor and Award Ellen Meloy Fund
Desert Writers Award

A prize of $3,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer "whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Ellen Meloy's writing" to spend creative time in a...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/17
Sponsor and Award Asheville Poetry Review
William Matthews Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina. Cornelius Eady...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/17
Sponsor and Award University of Mississippi
Summer Poet-in-Residence Award

A one-month residency, which includes a $3,000 honorarium, to live and work in Oxford, Mississippi, near the University of Mississippi campus, is given annually to a poet who is working on a manuscript....

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Reading, Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/17
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, who have lived in Texas for at least three years, or...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/17
Sponsor and Award Masters Review
Short Story Award for New Writers

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by a writer who has not published a novel (writers who have published story collections are eligible...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/17
Sponsor and Award Permafrost
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Alaska Press is given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. The 2017 prize will be given for a book of poetry. Jericho...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/17
Sponsor and Award North Carolina Writers' Network
Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Ecotone is given annually for an essay that "is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians." Garrard Conley will...

Entry Fee $12 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/17
Sponsor and Award Breakwater Review
Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a story. ZZ Packer will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $10 entry fee by January 15. All entries...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/17
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 Deadlinesort icon 1/15/17
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 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two stories) by January 15, 2017. All...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/17
Sponsor and Award PRISM
Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction

A prize of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,150) 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, which includes a...

Entry Fee $40 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,150 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/17
Sponsor and Award Jewish Currents
Raynes Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a poem on a theme. This year's theme is "Borders and Boundaries." The winning poem will also appear in an anthology...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/17
Sponsor and Award Third Coast
Poetry and Fiction Contests

Two awards of $1,000 each and publication in Third Coast are given annually for a poem and a short story. Natalie Diaz will judge the Third Coast Poetry Prize, and Desiree Cooper will judge the...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/17
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 $5 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/24/17
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 will be considered for publication in Thomas Wolfe Review. Wiley Cash will judge. Submit two copies of a story of up to 3...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/30/17
Sponsor and Award New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards

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

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/17
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. Joyelle McSweeney will judge in poetry, Amelia Gray will...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award Main Street Rag
Poetry Book Award

A prize of $1,200, publication by Main Street Rag, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors and previous winners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,200 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/17
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 age 30 or under who has not published a book. Writers born in Ohio or who have lived in Ohio for a minimum of...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/17
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 Deadlinesort icon 1/31/17
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. Patrick Ryan will judge in fiction and Jill Talbot will judge in nonfiction....

Entry Fee $18 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/17
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. Ada Limn will judge in poetry, Justin Torres will judge in fiction, and...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award Fish Publishing
Short Memoir Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,090) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short memoir. Horatio Clare will judge. Submit a memoir of up to 4,000 words with a €16 (...

Entry Fee $17 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,090 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/17
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 story, or an essay. Donna Stonecipher will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/17
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 2016 (...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award Center for Fiction
New York City Emerging Writers Fellowship

Fellowships of $5,000 each, membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and access to writing space at the Center are given annually to fiction writers living in New York City who have not yet...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award Little Tokyo Historical Society
Short Story Contest

A prize of $500 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website is given annually for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. Submit a story...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award Caine Prize for African Writing
Caine Prize for African Writing

A prize of 10,000 (approximately $12,200) is given annually for a previously published short story by an African writer. Shortlisted candidates will receive 500 (approximately $610). Writers who were...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $12,200 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award Hippocrates Prize
Open International Award

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,200) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and on the website is given annually for a poem on a medical theme. Using the online submission system, submit...

Entry Fee $9 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,200 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women

Grants of up to $1,500 are given annually to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants will be awarded to poets...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/17
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 Deadlinesort icon 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award Writers at Work
Writing Competition

Three prizes of publication in Quarterly West are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay or memoir excerpt. The winners also choose to receive either $...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award Virginia Commonwealth University
Levis Reading Prize

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry published during the previous year...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award Binghamton University
Book Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry collection of at least 48 pages....

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award Passaic County Community College
Paterson Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet must participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading at the Poetry Center in Paterson, New...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of at least $30,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to six writers working on a first or second book of poetry...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $30,000 Prize includes Reading, Workshop, Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/17
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. Submit a story of 2,500 to 3,500 words with a $20 entry...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award Southern Indiana Review
Michael Waters Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 80 pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page)...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award Stadler Center for Poetry
Philip Roth Residencies

Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, 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 $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award Colgate University
Olive B. O'Connor Fellowships

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $40,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to poets, fiction writers, or nonfiction writers. The 20172018...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $40,500 Prize includes Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award Northern Colorado Writers
Top of the Mountain Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a novel, memoir, or book-length work of narrative nonfiction. Submit the first twenty-five pages of a novel or creative nonfiction manuscript with a one-page...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award University of Rochester
Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the previous year by a woman who is a U.S. citizen. Publishers may submit four copies of a novel or collection of short fiction...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $7,500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award American Short Fiction
American Short(er) Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a piece of flash fiction. Justin Torres will judge. Submit up to three stories of no more than 1,000 words each...

Entry Fee $17 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission
United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies

Up to five residencies of three to five months, each of which includes a stipend of up to $24,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support, are awarded annually to U.S. poets, fiction...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $24,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award WB Yeats Society of NY
Yeats Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the WB Yeats Society of NY website will be given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to a ceremony in New York City in the spring. Alfred Corn will...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award Southern Illinois University
Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in October are given annually for a...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 2/2/17
Sponsor and Award Library of Virginia
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in the previous year. Books by writers who were born in or are residents of Virginia or, in the case...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 2/10/17
Sponsor and Award National Poetry Series
Open Competition

Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers include Beacon Press, Ecco, Milkweed...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/15/17
Sponsor and Award Sarabande Books
Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages...

Entry Fee $29 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/15/17
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. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/15/17
Sponsor and Award Milkweed Editions
Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet currently residing in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. Submit a book-...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/15/17
Sponsor and Award Academy of American Poets
Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship Award

A fellowship of $25,000 and a five-week residency at the American Academy in Rome is given biennially to a U.S. translator for a work-in-progress of modern Italian poetry translated into English. Maria...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 2/15/17
Sponsor and Award Center for Documentary Studies
Documentary Essay Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication in the Center for Documentary Studies online magazine is given biennially for an essay that demonstrates a "reliance on documentary methods, specifically immersive...

Entry Fee $40 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/15/17