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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.
Autumn House Press
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner...
The Center for Fiction
Susan kamil emerging writer fellowships.
Nine fellowships of $5,000 each, a one-year membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and a year of access to the Writers Studio writing space at the center are...
Anhinga prize for poetry.
A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Octavio Quintanilla will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to...
Bridport Arts Centre
Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $6,034) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. A second-place prize of £1,000...
Max ritvo poetry prize.
A prize of $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a debut poetry collection by a U.S. poet. Louise Glück will judge. Using only the online...
Short fiction prize.
A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a story collection. BOA publisher Peter Conners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 90 to 200 pages with...
University of Georgia Press
Flannery o’connor award for short fiction.
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Lori Ostlund will judge. Using only the online submission...
A prize of $2,000, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a story collection or a novel. Kirk Wilson will judge. Using only the online...
Southern Poetry Review
Guy owen prize.
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. Submit three to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20...
Bard fiction prize.
A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give...
Emerging Poets Contest
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed...
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Salamander is given annually for a short story. Kirstin Valdez Quade will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...
Pen/jean stein grants for literary oral history.
Two grants of $15,000 are given annually for nonfiction works-in-progress that “use oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement.” Using only the online...
PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants
Ten grants between $3,000-$4,000 each are given annually to support the translation of book-length works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that have not previously...
American Short Fiction
Halifax ranch fiction prize.
A prize of $2,500 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a weeklong, all-expenses-paid writing retreat...
Western Connecticut State University
Housatonic book awards.
Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in the previous year. The winners also receive $500 in travel expenses to...
A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Brody Parrish Craig will judge. Using only the online...
New American Press
New american fiction prize.
A prize of $1,500, publication by New American Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a book of fiction. Gabriel Bump will judge. Using only the online submission...
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 South Bend...
Prize for literature.
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a current resident of Maryland who has lived in the state for at least three years...
Bitter Oleander Press
Library of poetry award.
A prize of $1,500 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee between May 1...
University of Akron Press
Akron poetry prize.
A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Sandra Beasley will judge. Using only the online submission system,...
Great Lakes Colleges Association
New writers awards.
Three prizes are given annually for first books by a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer. The winners each receive an all-expenses-paid trip to several of...
May sarton new hampshire poetry prize.
A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Brad Crenshaw will judge. Using only the online submission...
International Short Story Prize
A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,217) is given annually for a short story. A prize of a weeklong retreat at Circle of Misse in Missé, France, with an open-ended travel...
Your Ultimate Guide to Writing Contests Through 2022
Regardless where you are on your writing journey, you can benefit from entering contests.
The right contest can tell you:
- Where you stand
- How you measure up against the competition
- What you still need to learn
And you could win cash.
That’s why my team researched a wide range of high-quality contests. We’ve included free competitions and also many with modest entry fees.
- Short Story Writing Contests
- Novel Writing Contests
- Poetry Writing Contests
- Nonfiction Contests
- Free Writing Contests Through 2022
SiWC Writing Contest
1st: $1,000 plus publication
Honorable Mention: $150
Entry Fee: $15
Sponsor: Surrey International Writers’ Conference
Description: Short stories in any genre must be 2,500-4,000 words. They must be unpublished (including online). Writers must pay the $15 entry fee for each submission. Under 18s welcome too.
Great American Fiction Contest
1st: $1,000, publication in The Saturday Evening Post
Runners-up (5): $200
Entry Fee: $10
Sponsor: The Saturday Evening Post
Description: The Saturday Evening Post welcomes unpublished short stories of 1,500 to 5,000 words in any genre touching on the publication’s mission, “Celebrating America—past, present, and future.” No extreme profanity or graphic sex. Work published on a personal website or blog is still eligible.
WOW / Women On Writing Quarterly Flash Fiction Competition
1st: $400, $25 Amazon gift certificate
2nd: $300, $25 Amazon gift certificate
3rd: $200, $25 Amazon gift certificate
Runners-up (7): $25 Amazon gift certificate
Honorable mentions (10): $20 Amazon gift certificate
Entry Fee: $10 (or $20 with feedback)
Deadline: Quarterly (next 5/31/21 and 8/31/21)
Sponsor: WOW / Women On Writing
Description: This flash competition runs four times a year and is open to all styles and genres. The competition closes each quarter after 300 entries have been received, or at deadline. WOW / Women On Writing runs a quarterly nonfiction essay competition too, also with cash prizes.
Bristol Short Story Prize
1st: £1,000 ($1,400)
2nd: £500 ($700)
3rd: £250 ($350)
Shortlisted (17): £100 ($140)
Entry Fee: £9 ($12.50)
Sponsor: Bristol Short Story Prize
Description: Published and unpublished writers around the world over 16 eligible. Stories must be no more than 4,000 words in any genre or style, written in English. Enter online or by mail.
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award
Prize: £2,500 ($3,450)
Entry Fee: £18 ($25)
Sponsor: Aesthetica Magazine
Description: Short stories of up to 2,000 words on any theme are eligible for this international literary prize “celebrating innovation in content, form, and technique.” Unpublished or previously published work. Multiple entries permitted, though each incurs an entry fee.
University of New Orleans Press Lab Prize
Prize: $10,000 advance and publication
Entry Fee: $28
Sponsor: University of New Orleans
Description: The Publishing Laboratory at the University of New Orleans aims to offer “innovative publicity and broad distribution” for an unpublished novel or short story collection. No word limit or restriction on subjects. Open to authors worldwide.
The Bath Novel Award
Prize: £3,000 ($4,150)
Entry Fee: £28 ($39)
Sponsor: The Bath Novel Award
Description: First 5,000 words of a novel plus one-page synopsis. Unpublished or self-published writers only. Any genre suitable for adults or young adults. Free entry for writers on a low income.
The Times/Chicken House Competition
Prize: £10,000 ($13,800) advance plus publishing contract
Sponsor: The Times (newspaper) and Chicken House (publisher)
Organizers are “looking for original ideas, a fresh voice, a diverse range of entries and stories that children will love!” Full-length submissions only (ideally 30,000 to 80,000 words). Suitable for children or young adults. International entries welcome. One manuscript per writer.
Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction
Prize: $5,000 and publication by Dzanc Books
Entry Fee: $25
Sponsor: Dzanc Books
Description: Requests “daring, original, and innovative” novels. Open to all, published, unpublished, or agented.
Prize: Discounted admission to Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference, with introductions to agents/editors
Entry Fee: $40
Deadline: TBD 2021
Sponsor: Killer Nashville
Description: First 50 double-spaced pages of unpublished English-language manuscripts. Should contain elements of thriller, mystery, crime, or suspense. Killer Nashville suggests “Action, Adventure, Alternate History, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Suspense, Thriller, and Western.” No cash prize.
Diode Editions Book & Chapbook Contests
Prize: $1,000, 25 author copies, and publication of selected poems in Diode Poetry Journal
Entry Fee: $20
Sponsor: Diode Editions
Description: Poetry books and chapbooks of 58-85 pages. Translations, collaborations, hybrid works, and prose poetry also accepted.
Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
Prize: $2,500 plus publication
Entry Fee: $30
Sponsor: Wick Poetry Center
Description: Open to poets who’ve not yet published a full-length collection. Submissions of 50-70 pages. Winner’s poetry published by Kent State University Press.
Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry
Prize: $2,000 plus publication
Sponsor: Lynx House Press
Description: Awarded annually for a full-length volume of poems (U.S. authors only). Poems published in journals, magazines, or chapbooks can be included. All entries receive a Blue Lynx book.
Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition
1st: €750 ($890)
2nd: €500 ($590)
3rd: €250 ($295)
Entry Fee: €5 ($6)
Sponsor: Ó Bhéal
Description: Each Tuesday, five new words are published on Ó Bhéal’s website. Entrants have a week to write and submit a poem (up to 50 lines) containing all five words. Winner and shortlist announced March 2022. International entries welcome.
The Montreal International Poetry Prize
Prize: $20,000 CAD ($15,920 USD)
Entry Fee: $20 CAD ($16 USD)
Sponsor: Department of English at McGill University and others
Description: The Montreal Prize is awarded every 2 years for a single poem of 40 or fewer lines. Submissions open in January 2022. Entry fee rises to $25 CAD ($20 USD) from 2nd May.
- Nonfiction Writing Contests
Prize : $4,000
Entry fee: $27
Deadline : Yearly on June 15th
Sponsor : Narrative
Description : Awarded for the best piece published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative.
Lascaux Prize in Creative Nonfiction
Winner: $1,000 and bronze medallion
Sponsor: The Lascaux Review
Description: Requests entries of “memoirs, chronicles, personal essays, humorous perspectives, literary journalism—anything the author has witnessed, experienced, learned, or discovered.” 10,000 words or shorter, written in a non-academic style.
Gabriele Rico Challenge for Nonfiction
Sponsor: Reed Magazine
Description: Submissions of no more than 5,000 words. Requests “personal essays or narratives” not “scholarly papers or book reviews.” Piece should be a standalone essay, not an excerpt.
2021 Travel Writing Competition
Prize: £1,000 ($1,385)
Entry Fee: £8 ($11)
Deadline: TBD 2022
Sponsor: Globe Soup
Description: Writers worldwide can enter an unpublished “article, opinion piece, destination guide, literary nonfiction, memoir, or any other form of nonfiction travel writing.” 2,000 words maximum.
53-Word Story Contest
Prize : Publication, a free book from Press 53
Deadline : Frequent writing contests; deadline is 15th of each month.
Sponsor : Prime Number Magazine
Description : Submit a 53-word story based on a prompt. No prize beyond publication.
The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans
1st: $1,000 and publication in The Iowa Review
3rd (3 selected): $500
Deadline : TBD 2022
Sponsor : The Iowa Review
Description : Due to a donation from the family of veteran and antiwar author, Jeff Sharlet, The Iowa Review holds The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans . Note: U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel only. Any genre and any topic, including poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction.
New Writers Awards
Prize : Winning authors tour several colleges, giving readings & lectures, and publicizing their books. Each receives an honorarium of at least $500 per college, plus travel expenses and more.
Deadline : TBD 2021
Sponsor : Great Lakes Colleges Association
Description : Newly published writers’ award for a first published volume of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Note: Publishers (not writers) are invited to submit works that “emphasize literary excellence.” Entries must be published in the United States or Canada in either 2020 or 2021. Children’s books not accepted.
Young Lions Fiction Award
Prize : $10,000
Sponsor : New York Public Library
Description : Awarded to a writer of 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories. Seeks to encourage young and emerging writers of contemporary fiction.
The Iowa Short Fiction Award
Prize : Publication in the University of Iowa Press
Deadline : 09/30/21
Sponsor : University of Iowa Press
Description : Annual competition, seeking 150-page (or longer) collections of short stories. Writers must not have a (traditionally) published novel or fiction collection. Entries must be postmarked between August 1st and September 30th.
Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction
Finalists (4 selected): $1,500
Deadline : October 2021
Sponsor : Pen/Faulkner Foundation
Description : Accepts traditionally published (not self-published) books and is peer-juried. Winner receives a substantial cash prize and is honored as “first among equals.” Advanced reading copies or proofs permitted for books due in November or December 2021.
Friends of American Writers Literary Award
Prize : $1,000 – $3,000
Sponsor : Friends of American Writers Chicago
Description : Current or former residents of the American Midwest (or books set in the Midwest). Traditionally published novels or creative nonfiction books welcome. Authors must have three or fewer books published, including the submission. Self-published books and e-books not accepted.
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
Prize : $10,000 (4 awards)
Deadline : 12/31/21
Sponsor : Cleveland Foundation
Description : Seeks fiction, poetry, and nonfiction books published the previous year (books published in 2021 are eligible for the 2022 prize) “that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of cultural diversity.” Four top prize awards, for fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and lifetime achievement. Self-published work and e-books not accepted.
Cabell First Novelist Award
Prize : $5,000
Sponsor : Virginia Commonwealth University
Description : Seeks to honor first-time novelists “who have navigated their way through the maze of imagination and delivered a great read.” Novels published the previous year are accepted. Winning author (and, typically, their agent and editor) attend public reading and Q&A, with travel expenses provided.
The Gabo Prize
Prize : $200 and publication
Deadline : Every February and August
Sponsor : Lunch Ticket
Description : For translators and authors of multilingual texts (poetry and prose). Award given twice yearly, in June and December.
Transitions Abroad Expatriate and Work Abroad Writing Contest
All Finalists: $50
Sponsor : Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc.
Description : Seeking inspiring articles or practical mini-guides based on personal experience of moving, living, and working abroad. 1,200-5,000 words.
Short Fiction Prize
Prize : $1,000 and a scholarship to the 2022 Southampton Writers Conference.
Deadline : 6/1/21
Sponsor : Stony Brook University
Description : Seeking short stories (no more than 7,500 words) by undergraduates at American or Canadian colleges. Winning short story considered for publication in TSR: The Southampton Review .
The Wallace Stegner Prize in Environmental Humanities
Prize : $5,000 and publication.
Sponsor : The University of Utah Press
Description : Wallace Stegner was a student of the American West, an environmental spokesman, and a creative writing teacher. In his memory, the University of Utah Press seeks book-length monographs about environmental humanities. Projects focusing on the American West preferred.
Drue Heinz Literature Prize
Prize : $15,000 and publication
Deadline : May 1 – June 30 yearly
Sponsor : University of Pittsburgh Press
Description : Seeks unpublished short fiction or novella collections. Only open to previously published writers.
Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
Prize : $15,000
Sponsor : Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Description : Honors novels and short story collections by African-American writers ( must be US citizens). Entries to be published in 2021 accepted. Self-published books not eligible.
International Flash Fiction Competition
Three runners-up: $2,000
Deadline : TBD
Sponsor : The César Egido Serrano Foundation
Description : With over 40,000 participants, this prize invites authors to submit flash fiction in Spanish, English, Arabic, and Hebrew. Stories must be original, unpublished, and 100 words or under.
The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize
1st: £10,000 ($13,840)
2nd: £3,000 ($4,150)
3rd: £2,000 ($2,770)
Sponsor: The Alpine Fellowship
Description: This prize has an annual theme (2021’s was “Untamed: On Wilderness and Civilization.”) Entries must be unpublished and a maximum of 2,500 words. Poetry, prose, or non-academic essays welcome.
W.Y. Boyd Literary Award
Prize : $5,000 and framed certificate
Deadline : Yearly on December 1st
Sponsor : American Library Association
Description : The Association seeks Military fiction published in the previous year. Young adult and adult novels only.
BCALA Literary Awards
Prize : 4 of $500
Sponsor : Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Description: One prize each for literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books as well as first novels. Aims to “acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.” Authors must be African American, born in the US, with books published during 2021.
Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize
Prize : $12,000 and publication
Sponsor : Graywolf Press
Description : Awarded to the most promising and innovative literary nonfiction project by an emerging writer. Accepts memoirs, essays, biographies, histories, and more, from writers or agents. These should be works-in-progress, not yet published.
New Voices Award
Prize : $2,000 and publication ($1,000 for the Honor Award winner)
Sponsor : Lee and Low Books
Description : Seeks a children’s picture book manuscript by a U.S. writer of color or a Native/Indigenous writer. Must not have not previously published a children’s picture book. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry accepted that addresses the needs of children of color and Native nations. Max 1,500 words, with human protagonists, aimed at children 5-12.
St. Martin’s Minotaur / Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition
Prize : Publication and a $10,000 advance
Sponsor : Minotaur Books and Mystery Writers of America
Description : Seeks mysteries by unpublished or self-published novelists. Murder or other serious crime must be at the heart of the work. Electronic submissions only.
Sponsor : Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Description : Named for the abolitionist and author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin , this prize recognizes a U.S. author (fiction or nonfiction) whose work has made a tangible impact on a social justice issue in the past 3 years.
ServiceScape Short Story Award
Deadline : 11/30/21
Sponsor : ServiceScape
Description : Accepts original, unpublished work (5,000 words or fewer) in any genre, fiction or nonfiction.
The Marfield Prize
Sponsor : The Arts Club of Washington
Description : Celebrates nonfiction books about an artistic discipline published the previous year, including “art history and criticism, biographies and memoirs, and essays.” Fiction, children’s books, and self-published works not eligible.
Bacopa Literary Review Contest
Second (4 awards): $100
Deadline : 05/31/21
Sponsor : The Writers Alliance of Gainesville
Description : Seeks work in the categories of poetry, prose poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. One first prize, plus one second prize for each category. All contributors receive print copy of the Bacopa Literary Review.
Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award
Prize : $.08 per word and publication
Sponsor : National Space Society and Baen Books
Description : The National Space Society and Baen Books sponsors this short fiction contest in memory of Jim Baen. Stories (maximum 8,000 words) should show the near future of manned space exploration.
James Laughlin Award
Prize : $5,000, an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency at The Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, and distribution of the winning book to Academy of American Poets members.
Deadline : Submissions accepted yearly between January 1 and May 15
Sponsor : The Academy of American Poets
Description : Offered since 1954, the James Laughlin Award is given to recognize a second book of poetry due in the next calendar year from a U.S. publisher.
Parsec Short Story Contest
First: $200 and publication
Sponsor : Parsec, Inc.
Description : Seeks science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories from non-professional writers. There is an annual theme, which must be integral to the story in some way.
Tony Hillerman Prize
Deadline : 1/2/21
Sponsor : Western Writers of America and St. Martin’s Press, LLC
Description : Seeks unpublished mystery novels (approximately 60,000 words) set in the Southwest by unpublished mystery novelists.
The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing
Prize : $10,000 advance and publication
Sponsor : Restless Books
Description: Looking for complete, unpublished fiction or nonfiction manuscripts from emerging writers (unpublished) who are first-generation residents of their country. Fiction manuscripts must be complete, 45,000 words or more. Nonfiction manuscripts may be a 25,000 word sample plus detailed proposal.
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Free Writing Contests: Your Stress-Free Guide to Seventy-Five Contests With No Entry Fees. A selection of writing contests and grant opportunities that charge no entry fees along with submission tips and advice from contest administrators and editors.
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 ...
Poetry Writing Contests Diode Editions Book & Chapbook Contests. Prize: $1,000, 25 author copies, and publication of selected poems in Diode Poetry Journal. Entry Fee: $20. Deadline: 8/15/21. Sponsor: Diode Editions. Description: Poetry books and chapbooks of 58-85 pages. Translations, collaborations, hybrid works, and prose poetry also accepted.