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The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award

This Award honors the talents of local writers of prose and poetry while promoting the love of literature throughout Indiana. Authors who have published works of fiction, prose, poetry and/or non-fiction are eligible. The judges will award cash prizes in three categories ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/18/2016

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Book

Updated on: 

02/03/2016

2016 NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship

The Jerome Foundation funds the NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship, which awards nine fiction writers who have submitted the best works of fiction. Applicants can be of any age, but must be in the early stages of their careers as fiction writers ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/29/2016

Prizes: 

$5,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

02/03/2016

Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize

The Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize (est. 2012) will award a cash prize of $500 and publication on the website to a promising poet who has submitted the best piece of poetry on the theme of place. Poems must be original and previously unpublished work ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/05/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

02/01/2016

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

The annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest awards a cash prize of $1,000 to the first place winner of the best humor poem, and $100 each to ten honorable mentions. Poets in the United States and elsewhere can enter ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/01/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

02/01/2016

Sullivan Poetry Award

The Sullivan Poetry Award is open to all K-State students and the winning poem will receive a $2,000 prize. Poems may be on any topic ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/11/2016

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

02/01/2016

Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency

The Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency accepts entries of prose on even residency years and poetry on odd residency years. You are welcome to submit cross-genre works. The winner receives a stipend of $10,000, free housing on campus, and complimentary meals ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/01/2016

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

02/01/2016

Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award

Each year Lotus Press sponsors the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award, which awards a cash prize of $500 to an African-American poet with the strongest collection of poetry. To be eligible, you should submit a book-size manuscript of poetry, from 60 to 90 pages in length ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/01/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

02/01/2016

Milton Kessler Poetry Award

The Milton Kessler Poetry Award offers a cash prize of $1,000 to a poet who has written the best book of poems, 48 pages or more in length. Publisher or author may submit. Publisher may submit more than one book for prize ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/01/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

02/01/2016

Spirit First Poetry Contest

Spirit First (est. 2008) is hosting its annual poetry contest, which will offer cash prizes of $200, $150, and $100 for first, second, and third place prizes. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of Meditation or Mindfulness ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/29/2016

Prizes: 

$200

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

02/01/2016

Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry

The Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry is open to all poets who reside in Midwestern United States. The publisher awards a cash prize of $10,000 to an emerging poet of the best collection of unpublished poems ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/01/2016

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

02/01/2016

The Griffin Poetry Prize

The Griffin Trust for Excellence sponsors the annual Griffin Poetry Prize, known as Canada's biggest award for an original compilation of poetry. The Griffin Poetry Prize grants two poetry prizes of $65,000 each and an extra $10,000 to each candidate ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/30/2016 and 12/31/2016

Prizes: 

$65,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

02/01/2016

Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest

Blue Mountain Arts, a publisher of distinct greeting cards, is seeking rhyming and non-rhyming poems from poets for its Poetry Card Contest. Poems are judged on the basis of originality and uniqueness. First place wins $300 ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/30/2016

Prizes: 

$300

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

02/01/2016

North Carolina State Poetry Contest

Poets who reside in North Carolina can enter the NC Poetry Contest for a chance to receive a cash prize of $500 for the best poem. The judges will review poetry in any style and on any theme or topic ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/01/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

01/31/2016

Critical Junior Poet's Award

The Critical Pass Review will begin to accept entries to its annual Critical Junior Poet's Award in November. Young poets, ages 13-18, can enter. First prize is $100, a $20 iTunes card, a CD of master poets reading their works, plus publication in the next issue ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

01/31/2016

Voertman Academy of American Poets Prize

The English Department of University of North Texas is accepting submissions from graduate students for this year's Voertman / Academy of American Poets Prize. The finalist who has written the best poem will receive a cash prize of $200 ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/12/2016

Prizes: 

$200

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

01/31/2016

Vera Hinckley Mayhew Student Poetry Contest

Brigham Young University welcomes submissions to its annual Vera Hinckley Mayhew Student Poetry Contest, which disburses a cash prize of $1,700 among four (or fewer) winners ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/05/2016

Prizes: 

$1,700

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

01/31/2016

Write This Speculative Fiction Novel Contest

Write This Speculative Fiction Novel Contest highlights a contemporary story from today's headlines and challenges writers to craft a speculative fiction story derived from it. The finalist will receive a publishing deal with Realmwalker Publishing Group, along with a $5,000 cash advance, plus a three book deal valued at an extra $5,000 advance. Manuscript length: above 8Kwords ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

01/12/2016

Waterston Desert Writing Prize

The Waterston Desert Writing Prize recognizes literary nonfiction that represents creative distinction, sensibility to place, and desert literacy. The finalist will receive a $1,500 cash prize, a four-week residency, and an invitation to read at a social event. Submit a writing sample of 10 pages or less ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/01/2016

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

01/12/2016

Foley Poetry Award

America Media is inviting writers to enter this year's Foley Poetry Award, bestowed in honor of William T. Foley, M.D. The judges welcome poetry on any topic. The finalist will receive a cash prize of $1,000 plus publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/31/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

01/11/2016

Florida Keys Flash Fiction Contest

The Florida Keys Flash Fiction Contest will award one writer who has written the best short fiction story with a complimentary three-week Key West travel package with a 10-day residency at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum. Prize value is approx. $7,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/31/2016

Prizes: 

$7,000 (value)

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

01/11/2016

National Indigenous Writing Contest

The National Indigenous Writing Contest, sponsored by Thunderbird Stories, is accepting short stories written by Canadian writers. Submit a story under 3K words. The first-place winner of the best indigenous story of culture and history will receive a cash prize of $2,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/29/2016

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

01/11/2016

The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award

Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award, sponsored by the creative writing program at Binghamton University, recognizes an outstanding collection of poems published in the previous year. The winning author receives a cash prize of $1,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/01/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

01/11/2016

The Lakefly Writers Conference Writing Contest

The Lakefly Writers Conference is hosting a short story writing contest which will award the first-place winner with a cash prize of $100 for the best fiction or flash fiction story. Second-place receives $100, and third-place receives $50. Submit fiction, flash fiction, or poetry ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/26/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Updated on: 

01/10/2016

McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize

The Writer's Center is inviting authors or their publishers to enter this year's McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize. The judges will award a cash prize of $500 to the author of the most outstanding first novel released in the prior calendar year, including those published by major, independent, and self-publishing presses ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/11/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Book

Updated on: 

01/10/2016

The NEA Literature Fellowships

The NEA Literature Fellowships (sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts) provide a $25,000 stipend to a creative writer of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. For FY 2017, fellowships in poetry are available. You are entitled to apply if, between January 1, 2009, and March 9, 2016, you have had published an edition of 48 or more pages of poetry ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/09/2016

Prizes: 

$25,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

01/10/2016

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

The Writers' Trust of Canada welcomes Canadian writers to enter its annual Award for the chance to win a stipend of $5,000 for his or her poetry. Two honourable mentions will each receive $1,000. Submit a manuscript of up to 2,500 words of short fiction ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/07/2016

Prizes: 

$5,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

01/10/2016

John Gardner Fiction Book Award

The Binghamton Center for Writers at Binghamton University is accepting submissions to the John Gardner Fiction Book Award (est. 2002) and is awarding a cash prize of $1,000 to an author of a fiction book or a collection of fiction stories written in English ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/01/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Book

Updated on: 

01/10/2016

Central PA Writing Contest

Central PA Magazine Writing Contest, sponsored by witf and funded by York College of Pennsylvania, is accepting submissions of short stories on any theme. The writer of the best story will win a cash prize of $500. Submit an original, unpublished work of 1,500 words or less ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/26/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

12/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award

The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute is sponsoring the inaugural Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award, which will offer a $12,500 grant to an emerging career-focused nonfiction writer who is working on a story that exposes truths about the human condition ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/16/2016

Prizes: 

$12,500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

12/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Wiley-Silver Prize in Civil War History

The Center for Civil War Research (CCWR) sponsors the annual Wiley-Silver Prize in Civil War History, which awards a prize of $2,000 to an author who has written the most outstanding book in Civil War History ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/15/2016

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

12/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

$1000 for 1000 Words Creative Writing Contest

The Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation is sponsoring the $1000 for 1000 Words Creative Writing Contest which will award two prizes of $1,000 to a student author in grades 6-8 and and another student in grades 9-12 ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/01/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

12/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Community Stories Grants Program

Cal Humanities invites story proposals for centered works that will create local and national interest and reveal the cultures and lifestyles of Californians. Grant awards are valued at $10,000 and a cash or in-kind match is required ... (more)

Deadlines: 

02/01/2016

08/01/2016

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

12/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize

The Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize sponsored by the University of Rochester awards a cash prize of $7,500 annually to a female writer who has written the best book-length work of prose fiction, whether novel, short stories, or experimental writing ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/01/2016

Prizes: 

$7,500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Book

Updated on: 

12/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

John Bartlow Martin Journalism Award

The Medill School of Journalism is accepting entries for the annual Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism (est. 1988). The judges will award a cash prize of $4,000 to a journalist or group of writers ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/31/2016

Prizes: 

$4,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

12/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Imagine Little Tokyo: Short Story Contest

The judges want original, unpublished fictional stories, written in English, with Little Tokyo has the main backdrop. The finalist will receive a cash prize of $500. Submit a manuscript of 2500 words or less ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/31/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

12/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Danuta Gleed Literary Award

The Writers' Union of Canada is accepting entries from publishers to this year's Danuta Gleed Literary Award (est. 1996), which offers a $10,000 prize in recognition of the best collection of fiction short stories in English. Only first collections of short fiction are eligible ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/01/2016

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

12/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Bethesda Literary Festival's Essay and Short Story Contests

Bethesda Literary Festival welcomes local prose writers to enter its Essay, Poetry, and Short Story Contests. Each prizes offers finalists $500 each. All winners will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership Web site and honored at a special event ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/12/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Updated on: 

12/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Roswell Award for Short Fiction

Short story adult writers are invited to enter the L.A. Sci-Fi One-Act Play Festival's writing contested called The Roswell Award for Short Fiction. The writer who has written the best short sci-fi story will win a cash prize of $1,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

12/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

TransitionsAbroad Narrative Travel Writing Contest

TransitionsAbroad.com has opened its Narrative Travel Writing Contest and is looking for travel writers to submit their best travel articles for a chance to win a first-place prize of $500 ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/15/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

12/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Journey Prize

The Journey Prize, offered by Writers' Trust of Canada and McClelland & Stewart, seeks entries of short fiction stories or excerpts from a book of fiction. The winning writer will receive a cash prize of $10,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/18/2016

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

12/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Trillium Book Award

The Trillium Book Award (est. 1987) is accepting prose and poetry book submissions from Ontario publishers to honor literary excellence, assist with marketing, and promote public interest of the quality and diversity of Ontario writers and writing. The prize is $20,000 for the finalists and and $2,500 to their publisher ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/26/2016 and 12/17/2016

Prizes: 

$20,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Book

Updated on: 

12/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Nelson Algren Literary Awards

The Nelson Algren Literary Awards is open to all topics and styles. The judges will award the finalist a cash prize of $3,500 for the best short fiction story ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/31/2016

Prizes: 

$3,500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

12/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Cultivate Creative Writing Competition

Art House Dallas is sponsoring a creative writing contest with Cultivate magazine. The judges want well-written stories with unforgettable characters that can artistically and reflectively ensnare the virtuality of how sin contorts work. First prize is $500 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/31/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

12/09/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Event Horizon Science Poetry Competition

Event Horizon magazine is inviting writers to enter its science poetry competition. Writers must inspire or integrate scientific thinking, philosophies, exploration, or principles via their poetry. The grand-prize winner will receive $500 plus publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/29/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

12/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Family History Writing Contest

The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) is inviting writers to submit non-fiction stories for its annual Family History Writing Contest. Writers can enter one of two categories, depending on the size of the story. The finalist of a memoir-style story (1K to 2K words) will receive a cash prize of $200 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$200

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

12/07/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The BCALA Self-Publishing Literary Award

The BCALA Self-Publishing Literary Award celebrates the best self-published ebooks in fiction and poetry written by an African American author. The judges will rank ebooks based on content, writing skill, and total quality. Each genre prize-winner will receive a cash prize of $500 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/18/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Poetry

Updated on: 

12/07/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Steinbeck Fellows Program for Creative Writers

Creative writers are encouraged to enter the Steinbeck Fellows Program (sponsored by San José State University) to complete a notable writing project while in residence at SJSU. The fellowship pays a $10,000 stipend. Writers will reside in the San José area during the academic year (September 1 - May 20) ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/02/2016

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Updated on: 

12/07/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The VCU Cabell First Novelist Award

The VCU Cabell First Novelist Award praises an exceptional debut novel released in the previous calendar year. Authors must submit three copies of their debut novel for review. The judges will award the grand-prize winner with a cash prize of $5,000 plus an invitation to attend VCU's annual event ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/14/2016

Prizes: 

$5,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Book

Updated on: 

12/06/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize

University of Notre Dame Press is accepting entries for the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. The contest promotes the work of emerging Latino/a poets who have not had a book professionally published. Submit a manuscript of original poetry written in English First-prize winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 plus publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

12/06/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award

The Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award recognizes the purpose that science fiction serves in evolving real science. Writers can submit their best fiction stories (up to 8K words per story), that explores the near future of manned space exploration. The grand-prize winner will receive publication and professional payment for his/her story ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/01/2016

Prizes: 

$ ( competitive payment for story )

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

12/06/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction

Authors who have written a book set in the south are invited to enter this year's Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. The setting of the book must take in one of the primary eleven states in the Confederacy. The book must be a classic novel, above 50,000 words. The prize-winner will receive $2,500 ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/31/2016

Prizes: 

$2,500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Book

Updated on: 

12/06/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Society of Classical Poets Competition

The Society of Classical Poets is inviting writers to enter its annual poetry competition. Open to members and non-members, writers must submit poetry focused on one of four themes. Writers can submit 3-5 poems. First prize is $500 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

12/06/2015 (pending update for 2016)

BRIO Artist Awards for Literary Arts

The BRIO Artist Awards for Literary Arts supports Bronx artists who create literary, media, visual, and performing works of art. BRIO's Literary Arts Award offers a cash prize of $3,000 to writers who have written the best piece of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, illustrated text, or play ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/04/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$3,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Updated on: 

11/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Vox Media's Writing Fellowships

Vox Media is funding a writing fellowship to find talented writers to contribute to Vox.com's daily news coverage. This one-year, full-time fellowship includes a salary of $30,000 in addition to benefits. The writer will work remotely or from Vox Media's Washington DC location ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$30,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

11/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Spencer Fellowship for Education Journalism

Journalists are invited to enter this year's Spencer Fellowship for Education Journalism if they are interested in supporting long-form journalism that enriches the general public's knowledge of the American education system. The Spencer Fellowship will award three fellows with a $75,000 stipend to support themselves for one year of academic research at Columbia University ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/01/2016

Prizes: 

$75,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

11/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The 2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest

The Climate Fiction Short Story Contest is open to submissions of stories that, in some way, conceive the future of Earth and humanity as affected by climate change. The finalist will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and publication in an online anthology. Submit a story of 5K words or less ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

11/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Amazon Publishing's Little A Poetry Contest

Amazon Publishing is seeking submissions for the Little A Poetry Contest, a competition devoted to the discovery of emerging poets. Submit a manuscript of poetry from 60 to 100 pages. The winner receives $5,000, a $2,000 cash advance, and a publishing contract ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/20/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$5,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

11/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Stephen A DiBiase Poetry Prize

The Stephen A DiBiase Poetry Prize is receiving submissions from creative poets. The judges are open to any style, theme, or format. The finalist wins at least $500 in cash, and other honorable mentions will also receive cash prizes. Submit your best piece of poetry. One poem per contestant ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/29/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

11/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

WestBow Press' New Look Writing Contest

WestBow Press is inviting Christian writers to enter this year's New Look Writing Contest as an opportunity to share their heartfelt stories and inspirit readers worldwide. The Grand Prize Winner's manuscript will be published by HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. via its Thomas Nelson or Zondervan imprints. Manuscript length: 10K and above ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/30/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$3,000+ (est. value)

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Updated on: 

11/11/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Star Trek Strange New Worlds Writing Contest

Simon & Schuster, Inc. is sponsoring The Star Trek Strange New Worlds Writing Contest, which seeks stories built on the existing Star Trek universe and or characters from the TV shows or movies. Each grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 advance ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000 advance and publishing contract

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

11/11/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers

Awards an annual cash prize of $3,000 to a writer of creative non-fiction whose work emulates the spirit and loves expressed in Ellen Meloy's writing and her devotion ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/15/2016

Prizes: 

$3000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Non-Fiction

Updated on: 

10/22/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

This Award celebrate fiction and nonfiction books that have improved our awareness of racism and our respect of the abundant variety of civilized societies. Award recipients receive $10,000 from the Anisfield-Wolf fund ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Book

Updated on: 

10/22/2015 (pending update for 2016)

GENEii Writing Contest

The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) is accepting entries for this year's GENEii Writing Contest, which will award cash prizes in two categories ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$200

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Non-Fiction

Updated on: 

10/22/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest

The Austin Chronicle is accepting entries to the 23rd Short Story Contest. The contest is open to unpublished works of prose in short story form, up to 2500 words. Five finalists will share in the $1,500 cash prize ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/11/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Updated on: 

10/22/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition

Minotaur Books and Malice Domestic, imprints of St. Martin's Press, is inviting writers to enter this year's competition. The judges will award a $10,000 standard publishing contract ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

10/22/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award

Poets & Writers is inviting prose and poetry writers who live in Hawaii to enter its annual Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. One writer of fiction and one poet will each receive a cash prize of $500. One winner in each category will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with top literary professionals ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/15/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Poetry

Updated on: 

10/05/2015 (pending update for 2016)

APS Emerging Writer Fellowships

A Public Space is inviting writers to apply to this year's Emerging Writer Fellowships. The judges will award three writers with a six-month fellowship which includes a $1,000 stipend ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Updated on: 

10/05/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Vermont Writers' Prize

Vermont Magazine is open for submissions of prose and poetry. This writing contest offers a special venture for writers to express their storytelling with a Vermont theme. The contest is open to all Vermont residents. First prize is $1,500 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Updated on: 

10/05/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Creative Loafing Fiction Contest

Creative Loafing is inviting writers to enter its 2016 Fiction Contest in which the word "SPACE" is the writer's muse for a fiction story. First prize is $500 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/02/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

10/05/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Quantum Shorts Competition (Flash Fiction)

The Quantum Shorts Competition invites writers to craft their own quantum-themed flash fiction: a short story (under 1000 words) inspired by quantum physics. First prize is $1,500, a trophy, and publication on ScientificAmerican.com ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

10/05/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Burt Award for Caribbean Literature

This award will grant three prizes to young authors of the best commercially published book or self-published book. The first prize is $10,000, the second prize of $7,000 and the third prize ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Book

Updated on: 

10/05/2015 (pending update for 2016)

White River Environmental Law Writing Competition

Students enrolled at an accredited U.S. law school who are on their way to earning a J.D. or LL.M degree are encouraged to enter this year's White River Environmental Law Writing Competition. The judges will award a cash prize of $1,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/09/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

09/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The NEA Translation Projects

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will award a grant between $12,500 and $25,000 to recognize an accomplished translator who has translated poetry, prose, or drama. The work to be translated needs to be of concern for its literary merit and value ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$25,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction

Updated on: 

09/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

The annual award recognizes the finest war-related fiction embedded in a time span when America was at war. The author of the best novel will receive a cash prize of $5,000, plus a 24k gold-framed reference of accomplishment ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$5,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Book

Updated on: 

09/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction

The judges will award a cash prize of $1,000 to the author whose book has demonstrated mastery of the subject, the written word, and the literary style to tell a good story. The principal plot must occur before 1950 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Book

Updated on: 

09/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Fountain Magazine's Essay Contest

The Fountain magazine is sponsoring an essay contest which will award a cash prizes three writers who have written the best narratives about this question: How do you think history will record the 21st century? Essays are expected to be factual, but with an inspirational flair. Length: 1,500 and 2,500 words. First prize is $1,500 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/30/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

09/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Jerry Jazz Musician's Short Fiction Contest

Jerry Jazz Musician, an online publication exploring 20th century American culture, sponsors the thrice yearly Short Fiction Contest. The judges award a cash prize of $100 and publication to a writer who has written the best original work of short fiction ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

09/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Lou Halsell Rodenberger Book Prize

Texas Tech University Press, a scholarly publisher of history, culture, and literature books, is accepting entries for its biennial Lou Halsell Rodenberger Book Prize. The first-prize winner receives a cash prize of $1,000 and publication of the manuscript best highlighting women's purposes in the history, culture, and letters of Texas ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/18/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Book

Updated on: 

09/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Kathy Fish (Flash Fiction) Fellowship

SmokeLong Quarterly, a quarterly online literary journal devoted entirely to flash fiction, welcomes promising creative writers to enter this year's Kathy Fish Fellowship. The winner will receive a cash prize of $500 and participate as a virtual writer-in-residence at SmokeLong for one year ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

09/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction

Dappled Things is inviting emerging writers to enter this year's J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction. The judges will award the first-place writer with a cash prize of $500. Word limit is 8,000 words ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/27/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

09/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Jacques Maritain Prize

Writers who submit nonfiction work to Dappled Things, a Catholic literary magazine, are automatically considered for the annual Jacques Prize for Nonfiction. The judges award three winners who've written the best nonfiction pieces. First prize is $500; second prize is $300; and the third prize is $200 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

08/18/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Annual Dogfish Head Poetry Prize

The Broadkill River Press is accepting entries for its yearly Dogfish Head Poetry Prize. The judges will award one writer of the best book-length manuscript of poetry with a cash prize of $500. The prize is open to writers who live in the Mid-Atlantic region. Submit a book-length manuscript between 48 and 78 pages ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/07/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

08/18/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Lee & Low Books' New Visions Awards

LEE & LOW BOOKS is inviting entries to its annual New Visions Awards. The New Visions Award will be presented for the best MG or YA novel written by a writer of color. The first-place winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000, along with a basic publishing contract. Writers can submit their manuscripts in any fiction genre ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

08/18/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grants Program

The organization will award a cash prize of $2,500, plus free registration to next year's convention. This competition is open to unpublished authors who write in the malice fiction genre. Malice Domestic, Ltd. awards the grant based on a demonstrated commitment to the malice domestic genre ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$2,500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

08/10/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Schneider Family Book Awards

The Award recognizes three authors and/or illustrators for a novel that personifies a dramatic articulation of the disability that a child or adult experiences. Three awards of $5,000 are given to winners ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$5000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Book

Updated on: 

08/10/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest

The RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest, sponsored by literary publisher Anderbo.com, is inviting writers to submit unpublished short stories. First-place winner receives a cash prize of $500, a trophy, and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

08/10/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Arnold Adoff Poetry Awards

The Board of the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth has established the Arnold Adoff Poetry Awards to recognize excellence in multicultural poetry for youth. The judges will endow four winners with a cash prize of $500 plus a special award. Entries must be initially published in the U.S. within the last two years predating the award year ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

08/10/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing

Restless Book is seeking entries for thee company's New Immigrant Writing Prize. The judges are searching for writers to submit remarkable unpublished fiction that explores American identity in a multinational era. The writer of the best book-length story with mainstream appeal will receive a cash advance of $10,000 plus publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Updated on: 

08/10/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Push [START] to Begin Chapbook Contest

Cartridge Lit is inviting writers to enter the magazine's Push [START] to Begin Chapbook Contest. The judges are reviewing chapbook-length compilations of fiction, nonfiction, poetry influenced by video games for the contest. First prize is $150, plus chapbook publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$150

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Updated on: 

08/10/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Brooklyn Film and Arts Festival Non-Fiction Prize

The writer of the best Brooklyn-themed non-fiction essay will receive a prize of $500, publication in a digital anthology at the organization's website, and a public reading at the Festival ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

07/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing

Writers' Trust of Canada, a volunteer-driven organization supporting writers and artists, sponsors the Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing, which offers a grand prize of $25,000 to an author of the best political-theme non-fiction book for a Canadian readership ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/11/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$25,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

07/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Marfield Prize

The Marfield Prize is a national literary award recognizing superb arts writing published for a universal readership. he judges will award a cash prize of $10,000 to an author who has written the best book on the arts ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

07/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Minotaur Books First Crime Novel Competition

Open to writers who have not yet had a novel published, Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America will award a $10,000 book contract to the best murder/crime mystery ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

07/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest

The L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest runs four times during the year, each awarding a first-prize of $1,000 to a promising or experienced author of sci-fi, fantasy, or dark fantasy. The Annual Grand Prize is $5,000 additional ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$5,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

07/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Real Simple's Life Lessons Essay Contest

Real Simple magazine is seeking entries for its annual Life Lessons Essay Contest, which awards $3,000 to the writer who has written the best essay of non-fiction ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/21/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$3,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

07/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books

AAAS, a nonprofit organization helping to advance science for welfare of everyone, is accepting nominations to its annual SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books. Finalists each receive a cash prize of $1,500 ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/04/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Book

Updated on: 

07/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Essaymama's Essay Writing Summer Contest

EssayMama Essay Writing Contest will award cash prizes to aspiring and experienced writers who have written the best topical essay. First prize is $500, second prize is $350, and third prize is $200. Winning essays will also be featured online ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

07/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (sponsored by the non-profit PEN/Faulkner Foundation) honors the finest (published) creations of fiction by a U.S.-based writer every year ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$15,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

07/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Hudson Review Short Story Contest

The Hudson Review (est. 1948) is sponsoring a short story competition to curate stories for a special fiction issue. The judges will award a first-place prize of $500, a second-place prize of $250, and a third-place prize of $250 ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

07/05/2015 (pending update for 2016)

New Writers Awards

Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) sponsors the annual New Writers Awards, a competition celebrating outstanding works in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for an author's first published volume of work. Each winning author receives at least $500 ... (more)

Deadline: 

07/25/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Updated on: 

06/28/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Drake Emerging Writer Award

This year the judges are reviewing first books of creative non-fiction. The finalist will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and will read at a public event at Drake University ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

06/27/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Leslie Scalapino Award

The Leslie Scalapino Award acknowledges the value of experimental methods and a creative boldness in writing for performance. First-prize is a staged performance, a cash prize of $2,500 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

07/04/2016 (currently closed - pending update)

Prizes: 

$2,500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

06/27/2015 (pending update for 2016) (currently closed - pending update)

Library Journal's Self-Published Ebook Awards

Library Journal's Self-Published Ebook Awards invites authors to submit a self-published book in one of these genres: Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction, or Fantasy. A winner from each genre will receive a cash prize of $1,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

08/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Book

Updated on: 

06/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Brigantine Media's Publish or Perish Contest

Brigantine Media, a marketing firm and book publisher, is inviting authors to enter its Publish or Perish contest for the opportunity to win a book publishing contract with a $2,000 advance against royalties ... (more)

Deadline: 

08/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Book

Updated on: 

06/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

This Award (sponsored by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation) recognizes outstanding fiction writing by a promising and talented creative fiction writer. The first-place winner is awarded a $10,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

08/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

06/10/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Lee & Low Books New Voices Award

To recognize the talents of children's picture book authors, Lee & Low Books (est. 2000) is inviting U.S.-based authors of color to submit manuscripts up to 1500 words. First prize is $1,000 and a publishing contract ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Updated on: 

06/10/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Payton James Freeman Essay Prize

Drake University welcomes submissions of essays. The writer of the best written nonfiction piece will receive a cash prize of $500 and publication in The Rumpus, the University's literary journal ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

06/10/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Award for Excellence in Journalism

As part of its Award for Excellence in Journalism, The American Psychoanalytic Association is offering a $1000 cash prize to a writer or journalist who has demonstrated expert reporting ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/18/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

06/10/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Good Housekeeping's Silver Linings Writing Contest

Good Housekeeping magazine is accepting stories for its All About Love Writing Contest. The judges will award a prize of $2,000 to the writer who has written the best story about love or romance ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

06/10/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Pockets magazine Annual Fiction Contest

Pockets magazine is accepting Christian-based fiction stories for its annual fiction contest. All themes are open ... (more)

Deadline: 

08/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

06/10/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Scotiabank Giller (Canadian Book) Prize

The Scotiabank Giller Prize (est. 1994) is open to nominations of first-edition novels or short story collections written in English by a Canadian author (citizen or resident). The grand-prize will award $50,000 to one author ... (more)

Deadline: 

08/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$100,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Book

Updated on: 

06/10/2015 (pending update for 2016)

S.I. Newhouse School Prize for Creative Nonfiction

The College of Syracuse University will award a cash prize of $500 to one writer who has composed the most outstanding piece of creative nonfiction ... (more)

Deadline: 

07/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

06/10/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Stone Canoe Literary Prizes

The Stone Canoe journal offers emerging writers a number of annual awards to recognize the best submission in fiction, poetry, visual arts, nonfiction, technology writing, and arts leadership. These awards consist of cash prizes of $500 ... (more)

Deadline: 

07/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Updated on: 

06/10/2015 (pending update for 2016)

SLF Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds Grants

The Speculative Literature Foundation (est. 2004) has established two new grant programs to support and develop speculative fiction stories which are expressive in diversity. Grants are $500 each ... (more)

Deadline: 

07/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

06/10/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Bastiat Prize for Journalism

Reason Foundation welcomes freelance, part-time or full-time journalists to enter this year's Bastiat Prize for Journalism (est. 2002), which offers a first prize of $10,000 ... (more)

Deadlines: 

07/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

06/10/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award

This award supports an emerging female writer of fiction. The cash prize of $1,500 will help the writer to participate in writing-related activities to advance her career ... (more)

Deadline: 

07/05/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

06/09/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards

The Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) is inviting submission for the annual Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards, which bestows two cash prizes of $5,000 to authors of books on a Jewish subject ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/24/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$5,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Book

Updated on: 

06/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Utah Original Writing Competition

Utah Original Writing Competition (est. 1958) is open to Utah residents and will award cash prizes (from $300 to $1,000) to talented writers and poets in several categories ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/26/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Updated on: 

05/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Writers of the Future Writing Contest

Founded in 1983 by global best-selling novelist L. Ron Hubbard, the judges welcome themes of fantasy, dark fantasy and sci-fi. Prizes every three months is $1,000, $750, $500 ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/30/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

05/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

The judges will award a cash prize of $25,000 to a finalist recognized for his or her outstanding fiction novel or novella of short fiction stories. The author must reside in Canada or be a Canadian citizen ... (more)

Deadline: 

07/29/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$25,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

05/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction

The judges will award the finalist of the best published nonfiction book with a cash prize of $60,000. Other finalists will receive $5,000 each. Publishers, on the behalf of their authors, may submit books ... (more)

Deadline: 

07/29/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$60,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

05/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The ELO Annual Prize

The Electronic Literature Organization sponsors two awards for authors: the N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature and the Robert Coover Award for a Work of Electronic Literature. The judges will award the first place winner from both contests with a cash prize of $1000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/05/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

04/24/2015 (pending update for 2016)

James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Awards

The Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade (Canada) is encouraging Aboriginal juniors (up to 12 years of age) and seniors (18 or under) to enter this year's James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Awards. The judges will award six contestamts each with $2,500 ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$2,500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Updated on: 

04/24/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The California Historical Society Book Award

This prize recognizes an author whose manuscript improves public awareness of a special facet of California history and culture. The judges will award one author with a $5,000 book publishing contract ... (more)

Deadline: 

07/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$5,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Book

Updated on: 

04/13/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Banff Mountain Book Competition

The Banff Centre, funded by the Government of Alberta, sponsors The Banff Mountain Book Competition, a globally-recognized literary contest that awards cash prizes of $1,000 to $2,000 in several categories ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/30/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Book

Updated on: 

04/13/2015 (pending update for 2016)

ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction

Essays must revolve around the roles of laws in society and/or the roles of lawyers in today's culture. First-place winner will receive a prize of $3,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/30/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$3,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

04/13/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Oregon Literary Fellowships

Literary Arts of Portland Oregon sponsors the annual Oregon Literary Fellowships to recognize the talents of aspiring writers. The cash prize of the fellowship is usually $2,500, and is determined by available funds ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/26/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$2,500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Updated on: 

04/13/2015 (pending update for 2016)

BSFS Amateur Writing Contest

Baltimore Science Fiction Society sponsors the BSFS Amateur Writing Contest to recognize the talents of a young writer from Maryland who has written the best speculative fiction story. First-place is $250 ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/19/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$250

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

04/13/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Victoria Book Prize

The Victoria Book Prize Society will award a grand prize of $5,000 to a Canadian author who has written the best first-edition book on any topic ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$5,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Book

Updated on: 

04/12/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers

Barnes & Noble sponsors an annual writing competition called the Discover Great New Writers Award, which offers a cash prize of $10,000 to two extraordinary authors ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/18/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$10000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Non-Fiction

Updated on: 

03/28/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Norton Writer's Prize

Undergrad students enrolled in an accredited college are invited to enter this year's Norton Writer's Prize for a chance to win a $1,500 cash prize for the best nonfiction piece of prose ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

03/28/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Texas Book Festival Youth Fiction Writing Contest

The Texas Book Festival (TBF) is inviting high school students to enter this year's Fiction Writing Contest. TBF will award cash prizes in three age divisions: grades 7-8; 9-10; and 11-12 ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$250

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

03/28/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Annual Tony Hillerman Prize

The Annual Tony Hillerman Prize will award one author who has penned the best crime fiction manuscript with a $10,000 cash prize and a publishing contract with St. Martin's Press ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Book

Updated on: 

03/28/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Unicorn Press First Book Contest

Unicorn Press is accepting entries for its First Book Contest which will award a cash prize of $250 to a writer of the manuscript of poems. Unicorn Press will also publish the writer's poetry in book form ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$250

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Updated on: 

03/28/2015 (pending update for 2016)

McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism

The fellowship of $5,000 a month supports journalists who need the resources and time to undertake and report on extensive, challenging topics on the world's economy and transnational commerce ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$5,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

03/28/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards

Canadian freelance writers are invited to enter for a chance to win a $2,000 cash prize in the magazine writing category or a $5,000 prize in the book writing category ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/12/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$5,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

03/28/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

This award is open to print books and ebooks of creative non-fiction published in the previous calendar year. Both print and ebooks are eligible. Winner receives a cash prize of $10,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

03/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Canadian Art Foundation Writing Prize

The Canadian Art Foundation (CAF) is reviewing sample articles on cultural arts from freelance writers for the annual CAF Writing Prize. The judges will award one talented writer a cash prize of $3,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$3,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

03/28/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Prairie Heritage Book Award

The judges will award a cash prize of $1,000 to the author who has written the most outstanding book of the year which elucidates the culture of America's mid-continental prairies ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/30/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Book

Updated on: 

03/20/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Harold U. Ribalow Fiction Prize

Hadassah Magazine, a Jewish culture and lifestyle publication, is accepting entries from writers for the Harold U. Ribalow Prize. The winning author receives $3,000 to further his or her writing career ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$3,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

03/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Relentless Playwright Award

In tribute of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his quest of truthfulness in the theater, The American Playwriting Foundation has created The Relentless Award to give yearly grants to new American plays. The judges will award the playwright of the winning play with a cash prize of $45,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

07/10/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$45,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Playwright

Updated on: 

03/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant

The Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant supplies writers with funding and expert assistance to create and execute diverse projects for their creative undertakings. The judges will award winners with stipends of up to $10,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/03/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Updated on: 

03/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Spirit of Writing Grant

Book publisher Crystal Spirit Publishing, Inc. (est. 2004) is offering the Spirit of Writing Grant, a program that funds projects that will enrich ones writing and aid individuals with advancing their aspirations to write ... (more)

Deadline: 

07/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$2,500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

03/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors Contest

The publishing press at Southeast Missouri State University sponsors an annual contest to curate submissions for the next volume. The judges are open to poetry and prose. Each category will award a cash prize of $250 ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$250

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction, Poetry

Updated on: 

02/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Cromwell Article Prize

The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation will award a cash prize of $2,500 in recognition of an outstanding published article on American legal history ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$2,500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

02/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Wolfe Pack's Black Orchid Novella Award

The writer of the best fiction story of mystery and crime will receive a cash prize of $1,000, plus recognition and publication in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

02/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Luminarts Creative Writing Program

The Chicago-based organization recognizes the talents of emerging writers and awards five grants of $5,000 to each writer of poetry or prose ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$5,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Updated on: 

02/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

WNDB Short Story Contest

We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) is hosting a short story contest to support diversity and improve exposure for diverse books and writers. The first-place winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 plus publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/08/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

02/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Grist Fellowship Program for Early-Career Journalists

The Grist Fellowship will award one or more writers with a $2,250 monthly salary and a six-month mentorship with experienced staff members at the organization's headquarters in Seattle, Washington ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/30/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$2,250 per month

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

02/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

PEN Canada New Voices Award

PEN Canada welcomes emerging and unpublished writers, between the ages of 17 and 30, to enter. The writer of the best story or poem(s) will receive a cash prize of $1,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/22/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Updated on: 

02/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

The Paterson Fiction Prize

The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College sponsors The Paterson Fiction Prize, which awards a cash prize of $1,000 to an aspiring creative writer ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

02/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Bevel Summers Short Story Prize

Shenandoah is inviting prose writers to submit their short stories to this year's Bevel Summers Prize. The writer of the best (short) short story will win a cash prize of $1,000 plus publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/31/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

02/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Today's Christian Living Writing Contest

Today's Christian Living is hosting a nonfiction writing contest. This year the topic is "Everyday people who are making a difference for Jesus." First prize is $300, second prize is $200, and the third prize is $100 ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/29/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$300

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

02/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

NYT Modern Love College Essay Contest

The New York Times is holding a national essay contest for college students. The judges want to find the most outstanding personal essay that defines what modern love means to a college student. The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 plus publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

02/14/2015 (pending update for 2016)

SFC Literary Prize

Every two years St. Francis College invites writers to enter the SFC Literary Prize which awards a cash prize of $50,000 for a 3rd to 5th published work of fiction ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$50,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

12/27/2014 (currently closed - pending update)

Values & Capitalism Writing Awards

Values & Capitalism is hosting two writing competitions: the V&C Journalism Awards and the V&C Essay Awards, both which offer scholarship prizes in recognition of advancing the case for the righteousness of democratic capitalism on campus ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/07/2015 (pending update for 2016) & 05/01/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$5,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

12/27/2014 (currently closed - pending update)

SLF Working Class/Impoverished Writers Grant

The Speculative Literature Foundation offers a hardship grant of $750 to a marginalized, underepresented writer of speculative fiction ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/28/2015 (pending update for 2016)

Prizes: 

$750

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Updated on: 

12/13/2014 (currently closed - pending update)

The IAMHIST-Michael Nelson Prize

The IAMHIST-Michael Nelson Prize (est. 2007) will award cash prizes to two authors of either a book, a digital media product, or a radio/TV program that greatly contributes to the field of media and history ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2016 (currently closed - pending update)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Updated on: 

06/27/2015 (pending update for 2016) (currently closed - pending update)

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