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 Feesort icon Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
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 Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 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 Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/1/17
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 Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/31/17
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 Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award Lake Forest College
Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency

A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at Lake Forest College is given...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication, Residency Application Deadline 3/1/17
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 Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/10/17
Sponsor and Award Mississippi Arts Commission
Literary Artist Fellowships

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in creative nonfiction....

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/1/17
Sponsor and Award Leeway Foundation
Art and Change Grants

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly by the Leeway Foundation to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/1/17
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 Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 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 Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/17
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 Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award The Writer's Center
McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize

A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Authors, publishers, and agents may submit three copies of a novel published in 2016 by March 11....

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/11/17
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 Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 2/15/17
Sponsor and Award Broadside Lotus Press
Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award

A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript between 60 to 90 pages between January 2...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/17
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 Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $40,500 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 2/1/17
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 Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships

Grants of $25,000 each are awarded in alternating years to poets and prose writers. This year grants will be awarded to prose writers. Fiction and creative nonfiction writers who have published at least...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/8/17
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 Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $7,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/1/17
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 Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $12,200 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/31/17
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 Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/17
Sponsor and Award Academy of American Poets
Harold Morton Landon Translation Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually to a U.S. citizen for a book of poetry translated from any language into English and published in the United States during the previous year. Collaborations by more...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/15/17
Sponsor and Award Alabama State Council on the Arts
Literary Fellowships

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using the online submission system...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/1/17
Sponsor and Award Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Self-Publishing Literary Awards

Two prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry e-book and a fiction e-book by an African American writer self-published in the United States during the previous year. The awards honor books that...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/17/17
Sponsor and Award Elizabeth Kostova Foundation
English and Bulgarian Scholarships

Ten scholarships, valued at approximately $1,600 each, to attend the Sozopol Seminars in Sozopol, Bulgaria, are given annually to five prose writers working in English and five working in Bulgarian. The...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,600 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/6/17
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 Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $24,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/1/17
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 Feesort icon $5 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/24/17
Sponsor and Award Beyond Baroque Books
Pacific Coast Poetry Series

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Beyond Baroque Books will be given annually for a poetry collection by a poet living in the United States. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70...

Entry Feesort icon $5 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/17
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 Feesort icon $9 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,200 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an unpublished poem. Eavan Boland will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March 15. Send an SASE, call, e-...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/15/17
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 Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award Salem State University
Claire Keyes Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East is given annually for a group of poems. Submit 8 to 10 pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page) with a $10 entry fee, which includes a...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/17
Sponsor and Award DASH Journal
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in DASH Journal will be given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 33 lines each with a $10 entry fee ($15 for...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/17
Sponsor and Award Atlanta Review
International Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Atlanta Review is given annually for a poem. Submit up to two poems of any length with an $11 entry fee ($16 for up to four poems) by March 1. All entries...

Entry Feesort icon $11 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/17
Sponsor and Award Fish Publishing
Flash Fiction Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,090) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. Chris Stewart will judge. Submit a story of up to 300 words with a 14...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,090 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/17
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 Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award Colorado Review
Nelligan Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Richard Bausch will judge. Submit a story of 10 to 50 pages with a $15 entry fee ($17 for online...

Entry Feesort icon $17 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/14/17
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 Feesort icon $17 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,090 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/17
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 Feesort icon $17 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers

A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 author copies is given three times a year for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with...

Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/17
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 Feesort icon $18 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/17
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 Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 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 Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/17
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 Feesort icon $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/17
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 Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/17
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 Feesort icon $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 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 Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 2/2/17
Sponsor and Award Tusculum Review
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tusculum Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Manuscripts with one or two authors are eligible. Submit a chapbook of 20 to 30 pages with a $20...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/17
Sponsor and Award Hunger Mountain
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Hunger Mountain are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems or a story or essay of up to 10,000 words with...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/17
Sponsor and Award Naugatuck River Review
Narrative Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Naugatuck River Review is given annually for a narrative poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of no more than 50 lines each...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/17
Sponsor and Award Public Poetry
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,074 and publication on the Public Poetry website will be given annually for a poem on a theme. This year's theme is "Work." Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,074 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/17
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 Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award Furious Flower Poetry Center
Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000 will be given for a group of poems by a poet who has not published more than one poetry collection. A second-place prize of $1,000 will also be given. The winners will also each receive...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes $2,000 Application Deadline 2/16/17
Sponsor and Award Fourth Genre
Steinberg Essay Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Faith Adiele will judge. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $22...

Entry Feesort icon $22 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/17
Sponsor and Award Ahsahta Press
Sawtooth Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500, publication by Ahsahta Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Boise State University are ineligible. Tyrone Williams will...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/17
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 Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,200 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award 42 Miles Press
42 Miles Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by 42 Miles Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Indiana University in South Bend are ineligible. David...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/17
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 Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award Tupelo Press
Snowbound Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28. All entries are considered for...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/17
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 Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award Image
Milton Postgraduate Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. The fellowship, valued at $25,000, includes a $5,000 stipend, a...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Reading, Residency Application Deadline 3/15/17
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 Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/30/17
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 Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award Prairie Schooner
Book Prizes

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. An editorial board will select finalists; Kwame Dawes...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/17
Sponsor and Award Selected Shorts
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,000 and tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop is given annually for a short story. The winning work will be published on the Electric...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Workshop Application Deadline 3/1/17
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 Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/17
Sponsor and Award Mad River Books
Journal Non/Fiction Collection Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Mad River Books, the trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a collection of short prose. Michael Kardos will judge. Using the online...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/20/17
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 Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Women's Prose Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press will be given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a woman. Aimee Bender will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story or...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/17
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 Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/17
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 Feesort icon $29 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/17
Sponsor and Award Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Award Series

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by a...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/17
Sponsor and Award James Jones Literary Society
First Novel Fellowship

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work will be published in Provincetown Arts. Runners-up...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/15/17
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 Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/17
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 Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award Persea Books
Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published at least one book of poetry. The winner also receives up to $1,000 for travel...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/7/17
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 Feesort icon $40 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/17
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 Feesort icon $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $30,000 Prize includes Reading, Workshop, Residency Application Deadline 2/1/17