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With college tuition rising 42% over the last ten years, and talk of many universities where defaults on student loans are more common than graduation, scholarships are more important than ever. While many universities offer aid and scholarships when students are accepted, that’s often not enough to escape taking out student loans. Plus, with a little bit of work, scholarships are free money. That’s why we have decided to compile the 50 best scholarship opportunities today. From a cool few thousand dollars for creating Youtube videos, to full tuition for financially disadvantaged students, there are a lot of opportunities out there!

50. Speak Your Mind Poetry Slam Scholarship

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Our first scholarship on the list has one of the quickest application processes, and is fun to boot. Presented by Power Poetry, the world’s first mobile poetry community, this contest involves submitting a poem on what makes you “tick” for a chance to win $1,000. The purpose of the scholarship is to get you thinking about how amazing your mind really is, and expressing what makes you you, to others.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: July 31, 2014
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Sponsored by: Power Poetry
  • Number of Offers: 1
  • Who’s Eligible: College matriculates under 25

49. Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship

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Created in honor of the name of the first African-American military aviators in the United States, this award requires a proof of financial need, an essay about yourself, and an essay on the Tuskegee Airmen.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: January 12, 2015
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Sponsored by: Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation
  • Number of offers: 40
  • Who’s Eligible: Graduating high school seniors

48. The FiSCA National Scholarship Program

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FiSCA has awarded almost $1,000,000 in scholarships over the last ten years. Their application process is pretty standard, with a 250-500 word essay on an event that influenced you, letters of recommendation, and a transcript. Use materials you’ve already gathered for college applications and this award should be a solid, quick, application.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: April 21,2015
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Sponsored by:Financial Services Centers of America
  • Number of offers: 10
  • Who’s Eligible: Graduating high school seniors

47. Discus Awards College Scholarships

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Discus Awards were created in 2009 by Campus Direct and Recognition Media, the owner and operator of the Webby Awards, and have been giving out ten $2,000 merit scholarships a year ever since. Participants must write essays on their excellence in 3 of the following attributes: arts, athletics, academics, faith, government, green, community service, technology, work, and other. The nominations are then judged by current or former teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2015
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Sponsored by:Discus Awards
  • Number of offers: 10
  • Who’s Eligible: High school students 9th-12th grade

46. Dream2 Scholarship Fund

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The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta offers this scholarship 6 times yearly to those who demonstrate financial need and have a G.P.A. between 2.0 and 3.0.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: March 1,2015
  • Amount:$2,000
  • Sponsored by: The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta
  • Number of offers: 6
  • Who’s Eligible: Graduating high school seniors or college students

45. 100 Scholarship Program

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This award from 100 Black Men of America places an emphasis on community service. To be exact, 50 “active” community service hours within the last 12 months are required to be considered. As detailed on their site, “active” involves extending yourself in service of others. Helping to feed others at a soup kitchen is active service, whereas just donating food to the food kitchen is passive service. A note is that, regardless of the title of the 100 Black Men of America organization, this scholarship opportunity is available to all races, genders, and religions.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply:September 12,2014
  • Amount:$2,000
  • Sponsored by: 100 Black Men of America
  • Number of offers: 70
  • Who’s Eligible: Graduating high school seniors and college students

44. AXA Achievement Community Scholarship Program

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The AXA Achievement Scholarship Program is for graduating seniors who have demonstrated ambition and self drive, in and out of the classroom.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply:February 1,2015
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Sponsored by:AXA Program
  • Number of offers:375
  • Who’s Eligible:Graduating high school students

43. Crosslites Scholarship Contest

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This award is open to secondary and post-secondary students and involves submitting a 400-600 word reflective essay on an original Dr. Parker quote. Dr. Parker was a veterinarian who made a good deal of wealth in speculation, and left behind his money and a vibrant worldview based around bringing cheer into the lives of the hopeless. Academic achievement will also be taken into account, and a transcript is required with your application.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: Undecided this year
  • Amount:$2,000
  • Sponsored by:CrossLites
  • Number of offers: 11
  • Who’s Eligible: High school, college or graduate students

42. Shut up & Sweat Athletic Gear Student Athlete Annual Scholarship

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You must have higher than a 3.0 GPA as a senior in high school, and be nominated for this award. The award focuses on tenacity in achieving fitness, as well as overall achievement of the contestant.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: August 1st,2014
  • Amount:$2,000
  • Sponsored by: No Excuse Wear
  • Number of offers: 3
  • Who’s Eligible:Male and female graduating student athletes

41. We are the Future Contest

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This contest is about creating content for an organization that offers historical information (particularly about the constitution) for students. Consult the contest site, and depending on your education level entries can be poems, greeting cards, songs, essays, short films, speeches, or public service announcements.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: July 5th,2014
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Sponsored by: Constituting America
  • Number of offers: 12
  • Who’s Eligible: Elementary school through seniors

40. Young Naturalist Awards

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The young naturalist award is an open-ended way for students in grades 7-12 to show their naturalist bent and be rewarded. Essays may include bibliographies, charts, diagrams, and must include pictures taken by the entrant. Lengths of naturalist essays are dependent upon grade level–prize amounts vary with grade level as well.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: March 1st,2015
  • Sponsored by:American Museum of Natural History
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Number of offers: 48
  • Who’s Eligible: 7-12th grade students

39. NSHSS Robert P. Sheppard Leadership Awards

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This award is for students who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to community service and initiative to volunteer activities. If you already do community service, the application is pretty straightforward. Provide a recommendation, a list of service, and a personal statement about how both you and someone you served benefited from the service.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply:March 22nd, 2014
  • Sponsored by: National Society for High School Scholars Foundation
  • Amount:$2,500
  • Number of offers: 5
  • Who’s Eligible: Students at National Society of High School Scholar high schools.

38. Drug Facts 4 Young People Vids4Kids Contest

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This contest is about motivating kids to remain drug free. Rather than focusing on negative aspects of drug use, the contest seeks to illustrate the positive messages associated with not using drugs. Contestants must enter a 30 second to 3 minute Youtube video on “I chose to be Drug-Free.” Viewers will then vote on videos. The winner gets $2,500 for themselves, and another $2,500 for their school.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: November 12th, 2014
  • Sponsored by:Regional Maple Leaf Communications
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Number of offers: 1
  • Who’s Eligible: Anyone in school

37. DirectTextbook.com Scholarship Essay Contest

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DirectTextbook.com, an organization that has helped students save up to 90% on college textbooks over the last ten years, is also trying to make college more affordable. Though the dates for 2014’s contest aren’t posted on their homepage yet, for the last few years they have launched both an essay and a haiku scholarship contest.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: TBD
  • Sponsored by:DirectTextbook.com
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Number of offers: 3
  • Who’s Eligible: Graduating high school students and college students.

36. Texas History Essay Contest

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Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the purpose of this essay contest. Participants should turn in five copies of their essay plus a CD with the purpose of exploring the pioneer spirit of Texans on the early-day frontier. The Sons of the Republic of Texas hope that this will lead participants to apply the historical spirit of Texas to it’s present challenges, and use Texas spirit to grow in the future.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply:January 31st, 2015
  • Sponsored by: The Sons of the Republic of Texas
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Number of offers: 3
  • Who’s Eligible: Graduating Seniors

35. Robert Novak Collegiate Journalism Award

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This award seeks student journalists who show initiative in original reporting, superior writing skills, and an understanding of the principles of individual freedom. To apply, one must submit 3 pieces of journalism from a college or university publication. Awards are submitted at a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply:April 5th, 2014
  • Sponsored by:The Fund for American Studies
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Number of offers: 3
  • Who’s Eligible: College students with 3+ published pieces of journalism.

34. We the Students Scholarship Contest

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The Bill of Rights Institute poses essay prompts on their site. Participants can cite the Bill of Rights and apply it to the present day, comment on a Louis Brandeis quote on citizenship, or explain how they would balance national security with civil liberties. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, prizes, and honorable mentions all receive prizes of descending values. The students’ teachers also receive awards.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: December 16th, 2014
  • Sponsored by: Bill of Rights Institute
  • Amount:$4,000
  • Number of offers: 5
  • Who’s Eligible: Current High School Students

33. The Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation Scholarship

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This organization was formed 10 years ago to fund qualified organizations engaged in healthcare, particularly those that support disabled people, and involved in medical research. Whit it is not precisely known how many awards will be given in 2014, the foundation expects to award approximately $100,000. Particular interest will be shown in applicants who are first generation college matriculates, and those who have a documented adversity.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply:March 15th, 2015
  • Sponsored by:The Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Number of offers: Unknown
  • Who’s Eligible: Graduating high school students students

32. Young Patriots Essay Contest

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While the 2014-15 essay prompt isn’t released yet, the National Center for Policy Analysis gives examples of previous prompts based on a number of engaging policy articles. The winners of the contest will receive sizable scholarships, a greater knowledge of the National Center for Policy Analysis’ viewpoint, and their essay shared with subscribers of the organization.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: December 15th, 2014
  • Sponsored by: National Center for Policy Analysis
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Number of offers: 3
  • Who’s Eligible: All high school students

31. U.S. Senate Youth Program

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This 50+ year old program chooses two student delegates from every state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Office of Dependents Schools to head to Washington for a week. Awardees spent a week visiting the Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, and Pentagon. Students get to hear a number of distinguished speakers, as well as take a $5,000 scholarship that renews for 4 years of study back to their home institution.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: Varies
  • Sponsored by:William Randolph Hearst Foundation
  • Amount: $5,000 (for 4 years)
  • Number of offers: 104
  • Who’s Eligible: Junior or Seniors in High School

30. Hunter Garner Scholarship

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This award is named after the victim of a distracted driver, and provided in partnership with the Ad Council, Mazda, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the National Organizations for Youth Safety. To enter, create a 22-55 second video designed to motivate your peers not to drive distracted. The video can be a cartoon, an animation, acting, whatever. Oh, and if fame motives you, the winning video in this contest will be turned into a public service announcement and distributed to 1,600 TV stations nationwide.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: April 1st, 2015
  • Sponsored by:Project Yellow Light
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Number of offers: 3
  • Who’s Eligible: High School or College Students

29. Herbert Lehman Education Fund

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Originally created to help Black students attend formerly segregated universities in the South, this scholarship is now for highly accomplished high school students who show success in and out of the classroom. This scholarship is one of the few on the list that is renewable throughout your time in college, making it a very good opportunity. Solid applicants should have excellent character, strong academic records, test scores, community involvement, the capacity to work in diverse settings, and good personal essays.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply:March 31st, 2015
  • Sponsored by: NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Amount: $5,000 (for 4 years)
  • Number of offers: 5
  • Who’s Eligible: Graduating high school seniors, or entering college sophomores

28. Claes Nobel Academic Scholarships and National Scholar Awards

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This National Society of High School Scholars scholarship is given out to 75 deserving juniors and seniors in high school. Applicants must provide recommendations, list of honors, extracurricular activities, and community service, as well as a 500 word essay on how you hope to make a positive impact on society, and how college plays a part in this process.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: March 15th, 2015
  • Sponsored by:National Society of High School Scholars Foundation
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Number of offers: 75
  • Who’s Eligible: All NSHSS members who are juniors and seniors in high school.

27. Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships

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This award is given to students making significant contributions to the fight against hunger. Besides a $5,000 scholarship, winners will also receive $5,000 to give to a hunger fighting organization of their choice. Special consideration will be given to entrants fighting child hunger. Entrants must be recommended by someone over the age of 21 who is not a parent, guardian or family member.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply:December 5th, 2014
  • Sponsored by:Sodexo Foundation
  • Amount:$5,000
  • Number of offers: 5
  • Who’s Eligible: Students aged 5-25

26. Financial Education Scholarships

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According to a National Bureau of Economic Research study, adults score an average of a “C” on financial literacy, and high school students fail. For a topic that can dramatically affect the quality of your life, and of the economy as a whole, we need to spend more time on financial literacy. For this reason, DoSomething.org is offering a $7,500 scholarship to applicants who are willing to run one of several financial literacy workshops (provided by DoSomething) for their family and friends.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply:November 14th, 2014
  • Sponsored by: DoSomething.org
  • Amount: $7,500
  • Number of offers: 1
  • Who’s Eligible: High school and college students

25. The Gallery Collection Greeting Card Contest

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One of the nation’s premier greeting card producers is offering $10,000 to one student (and a further $1,000 to their school) for designing a winning greeting card. The final card will then be produced by the Gallery Collection to be used by others. This is a great opportunity for you artists out there, and students as young as 14 are allowed to apply.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: February 18th, 2015
  • Sponsored by:The Gallery Collection
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Number of offers: 1
  • Who’s Eligible: Must be 14 or older and in high school or college

24. John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

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In honor of the former President as well as his book Profiles in Courage— that documents the stories of 8 U.S. Senators who risked their careers by taking public stands for unpopular positions– this contest asks entrants to find their own “profile of courage” on current politicians, and to write about them. Essays should be original and creative in 1,000 words or less, and use at least 5 varied sources. Awards are presented each May at the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: January 6th, 2015
  • Sponsored by:The National Archives
  • Amount:$10,000
  • Number of offers: 4
  • Who’s Eligible: Graduating high school seniors

23. Fountainhead Essay Contest

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Both Ayn Rand Institute scholarships on this list offer sizable scholarships, and both are centered around careful reading of the important and enigmatic thinker’s work. In this contest, contestants must read The Fountainhead and answer one of the following three questions in a 600-1,800 word essay:

  1. Compare Howard Roark and Lois Cook. Are they both individualists? Why or why not?
  2. Why does Toohey support Keating’s career early on? What is Tooheyís purpose in promoting the careers of such mediocrities as Keating, Gordon Prescott, Lois Cook, Ike the Genius, and Gus Webb? In what way does his purpose integrate with his anti-Roark campaign? How does this issue relate to the wider themes in the novel?
  3. Dominique Francon loves Roark yet struggles to destroy him. Why?

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: Not decided for 2015
  • Sponsored by:Ayn Rand Institute
  • Amount:$10,000
  • Number of offers: 236
  • Who’s Eligible: High school juniors and seniors

22.National Peace Essay Contest

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The National Peace Institute thinks it’s important for high-schoolers to think about peace and peacemaking. This contest, which hasn’t set a deadline for next year as of yet, seems to make an impact on the high-schoolers that apply, with many going on to study international relations and peace studies in college.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply:Not set for 2015
  • Sponsored by:United States Institute of Peace
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Number of offers:53
  • Who’s Eligible: High school students

21. FIRE’s Freedom in Academia Essay Contest

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FIRE seeks to maintain and defend civil rights in America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberties, and sanctity of conscience. After watching two short videos presented by FIRE, applicants should create an 800-1000 word essay answering the question of “why is freedom of speech important to our nation’s universities?”

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline: January 1st, 2015
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Sponsored by: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
  • Number of offers: 9
  • Who’s eligible: High school juniors and seniors

20. Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

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Dr. Anita Borg was a pioneer in women’s role in computing and technology research. Award applicants must be female undergraduate or graduate computer science students, and will be judged based on the strength of each candidate’s academic background and their demonstrated leadership.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline: Not decided for 2015
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Sponsored by: Google Inc.
  • Number of offers: Not sure
  • Who’s eligible: Female undergraduate and graduate students

19. Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

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The second essay contest from the Ayn Rand Institute on our list, this essay contest has a similar format to the previous. Essays will be judged on content, style, and whether or not the essay has a clear philosophical grasp of Ayn Rand’s novels. The prompts for this years contest are:

  1. In the novel, James Taggart’s first words are “Don’t bother me, don’t bother me, don’t bother me.” Why is this significant? How do his first words relate to his thoughts and actions throughout the novel?
  2. At Hank Rearden’s wedding anniversary party, a guest says “Isn’t it odd? When a politician or a movie star retires, we read front page stories about it. But when a philosopher retires, people do not even notice it.” To which, Francisco D’Anconia replies, “They do, eventually.” What does Francisco mean? How does his answer relate to the theme of the novel?
  3. Explain Ragnar Danneskjold’s statement that Robin Hood is the one man he is out to destroy. What is the deeper moral meaning of his claim?

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline: October 24th, 2014
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Sponsored by: Ayn Rand Institute
  • Number of offers: 84
  • Who’s eligible: High school seniors, undergraduates, graduate students

18.Clothes Recycling Scholarship

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Particularly if you’re already recycling clothes, this scholarship is a no brainer. To enter, collect old and worn-out clothes in your school or community and drop them off at your local H&M store. submit a photo to be entered.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline: June 20th, 2014
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Sponsored by: DoSomething.org
  • Number of offers: 1
  • Who’s eligible: High school and college students

17. HSF/Marathon Oil Scholarship

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The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers millions of dollars in scholarships yearly. This scholarship, offered in conjunction with Marathon oil, is for minority students entering fields that might lead to working in Oil (full list on their site). The scholarship is renewable for 2 years, and leads to 8-10 week paid internships at Marathon Oil Corporation for many students.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline: December 15th, 2014
  • Amount: $15,000
  • Sponsored by: Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • Number of offers: Varies
  • Who’s eligible: College sophomores in certain disciplines, or soon to be graduate students in Geology or Petroleum Engineering

16. Hadden Scholarships

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The primary objective of the Youth Foundation is to award Hadden scholarships to exceptionally worthy, financially needy graduating high school seniors. You’ll need higher than 3.5 GPA and documentation of financial need to apply for this scholarship.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: February 28th, 2015
  • Sponsored by: the Youth Foundation
  • Amount: $16,000
  • Number of offers: Varies
  • Who’s Eligible: Graduating high school seniors

15. CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program

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This competitive scholarship is one of kind, offering a salary, benefits, summer job, and $18,000 a year tuition. During your work with the CIA, you will build on your major to work on substantial projects during the summer. To repay the investment the CIA makes in your education, you will be required to work for the CIA for 1.5 years for every year they supported your education.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: October 15th, 2014
  • Sponsored by: Central Intelligence Agency
  • Amount: $18,000
  • Number of offers: Varies
  • Who’s Eligible: High school seniors through college sophomores

14. American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest

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Local American Legion Oratorical Contests help contestants to gain a better understanding of the U.S. Constitution, and the rights and privileges of American citizenship. By winning local and state level oratorical contests, contestants may advance to the national competition where a variety of scholarships are offered. Through the higher levels of the contest, competition can be quite stiff, with a number of prominent politicians and contestants being featured over the years (Lou Dobbs, and presidential candidate Alan Keyes).

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: Ongoing Contest
  • Sponsored by: The American Legion
  • Amount: $18,000
  • Number of offers: 6
  • Who’s Eligible: High school students under the age of 20.

13. DAR Medical Scholarships

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The Daughters of the American Revolution sponsor a number of scholarships, particularly for high achieving scholars and those entering the medical professions. The DAR medical scholarships are for $20,000 disbursed over 4 years ($5,000 per year). All medical scholarships stipulate that the contestant must be pursuing an approved medical doctor degree (no pre-med, osteopathic medicine, veterinary, or physician assistant degrees), and maintain a GPA of 3.25.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: Not posted
  • Sponsored by: Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Number of offers: 4
  • Who’s Eligible: Students accepted into an approved school to become a medical doctor

12.Dell Scholars Program

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The Dell Scholars Program is one of the most generous scholarship programs on our list, and with an expansion of approved Dell scholars college readiness programs, should be available to more students yearly. Dell scholars college readiness programs include many academies, school districts, and charter schools. To see if your school is on the list, check their website. Besides attending the proper high school, demonstrated financial need, and a history of overcoming adversity is important for receiving this reward.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: January 15th, 2015
  • Sponsored by: Dell Scholars Program/Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Number of offers: 300
  • Who’s Eligible: Those who have participated in a Michael and Susan Dell foundation college readiness program for 2+ years.

11.Coca Cola Scholars Program

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The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has supported over 1,400 college students each year since 1986. Their more competitive (and lucrative) program is the Scholars Program, which is an achievement-based scholarship that recognizes students with a capacity to lead and a commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: October 31st, 2014
  • Sponsored by: Coca Cola Scholars Foundation
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Number of offers: 250
  • Who’s Eligible: Graduating high school seniors

10. Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

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The Buick Achievers scholarship is a great deal for both high achievers and under-served minority groups. The award is for $25,000 and renewable for up to 4 years for students enrolled in Engineering/Technology/Business-related programs of study (eligible majors are listed on the site). Special consideration is given to those with excellent academic achievement, financial need, leaders, and those in the following groups: first-generation college students, female minority students, military veterans, or dependents of military personnel.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: February 29th, 2015
  • Sponsored by: Buick
  • Amount: $25,000
  • Number of offers: 100
  • Who’s Eligible: Graduating high school seniors through junior college students

9. AXA Achievement Scholarship

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AXA’s motto of ‘redefining standards’ shows through in this highly lucrative scholarship offer. Criteria for the achievement scholarship include ambition, drive, determination to set and reach goals, respect for self, family, and community, and the ability of an applicant to succeed in college. Special consideration is given to ethnically and economically diverse students.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: February 29th, 2015
  • Sponsored by: AXA Foundation
  • Amount: $25,000
  • Number of offers: 52
  • Who’s Eligible: Graduating high school seniors

8.Doodle 4 Google

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Our second scholarship offer from Google sounds like a lot of fun for the more artistically inclined. This years prompt is “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…” The assignment, to create a Google “Doodle” to be placed on their homepage. The winner will see their doodle posted, receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and will have their school receive a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: March 20th, 2015
  • Sponsored by: AXA Foundation
  • Amount: $30,000
  • Number of offers: 5
  • Who’s Eligible: Students aged K-12

7.Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Contest

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For this contest, students record a version of an original speech based on the VFW’s prompt. The recording should be between 3 and 5 minutes long and will be judged on the following three criteria: originality (30 points), content (35 points), and delivery (35 points).

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: November 1st, 2014
  • Sponsored by: Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
  • Amount: $30,000
  • Number of offers: Many
  • Who’s Eligible: Students grades 9-12

6. Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards

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The Helen Diller Family Foundation offers this award to 5 Jewish teens in California, and 10 from the rest of the U.S. yearly. Winners are students who volunteer without compensation and in a leadership role, and who exemplify the values of tikkun olam (or, the repair of the world).

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: February 2nd, 2015
  • Sponsored by: Helen Diller Family Foundation
  • Amount: $36,000
  • Number of offers: 15
  • Who’s Eligible: Self-identified Jewish students from 13-19 years old

5. GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship

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These awards are made in honor of the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President and support students with strong academic performance, financial need, and who demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship. The award will be disbursed in $10,000 increments every year that a recipient is in school (up to 4).

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: January 10th, 2015
  • Sponsored by: Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
  • Amount: $40,000
  • Number of offers: 20
  • Who’s Eligible: Graduating senior in high school

4. Burger King Scholars Program

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The Burger King McLamore scholarships are named after Burger King’s co-founder, and are expanding yearly with the eventual goal of granting a $1,000 yearly scholarship for over BK restaurant in North America. Recipients are selected based on grade point average, work experience, extracurriculars, and community service.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: January 10th, 2015
  • Sponsored by: Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
  • Amount: $50,000
  • Number of offers: 1258
  • Who’s Eligible: Students heading to post-secondary, vocational, or technical school.

3. Most Valuable Student Scholarship

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According to the Elks Lodge rubric, the 500 most highly wanked applicants will recieve 4 year scholarships ranging from $1,000 per year, to $12,500 per year. Contestants need not be related to a member of the Elks, and for any given contestant, the odds are higher as you’re only competing against half the contestant pool (males and females compete seperately).

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: September 1st, 2015
  • Sponsored by: Elks National Foundation
  • Amount: $50,000
  • Number of offers: 500
  • Who’s Eligible: Graduating high school seniors

2. Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship

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For all you poets out there, here’s your chance to have a year to write. Applications must include a representative sample of recent poetry that may not exceed one printed volume plus 20 pages (or 40 typed pages total). The award is available for the funding of one poet’s stay abroad for a calender year. Past recipients include many distinguished poets including Elizabeth Bishop and Stanley Kunitz.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: October 15th, 2014
  • Sponsored by: Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship Fund
  • Amount: $52,000
  • Number of offers: 1
  • Who’s Eligible: Poets

1. Gates Millennium Scholars

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The Gates Millenium Scholars Program provices a bridge program, support for students at university, and a pledge to cover the entire cost of unmet need and self-help aid. The goals of the program are to promote academic excellence and provide opportunity for minority students with significant financial need. Support is available from undergraduate through doctoral programs for select disciplines. Target academic groups include computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health, and the sciences. The Gates Millenium Scholars Program has a very succesful track record with Scholars enrolled in more than 1,865 colleges, and 10,315 scholars completing degrees since 1999.

Scholarship Details:

  • Homepage
  • Deadline to Apply: Undecided for 2015
  • Sponsored by: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Amount: All unmet costs
  • Number of offers: 1000
  • Who’s Eligible: Minority graduating high school senior who meets Pell Grant eligibility.
You have much to gain from entering writing contests: 1) Having a deadline forces you to finish editing, and 2) Many contests require you to write a synopsis and a pitch, both of which are essential for approaching publishing houses and/or agents. And if the contest is free, what have you got to lose?

An additional bonus is that winning a contest really boosts your chances of getting published.

Many of these contests are held every year, so if you missed one you'd like to enter, you may catch it next year.


NOTE: For further information about each contest, including submission instructions, click on the name of the contest. (It's a link.)



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Good sites to find contests (both free and paid):

Free Writing Events

Winning Writers - Best Free Literary Contests

Freelance Writing - Creative Writing Contests with No Entry Fees

Poets & Writers - Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

Creative Writing Contests

NewPages Big List of Writing Contests

Morgen Bailey's Writing Blog

Write Jobs

Cathy's Comps and Calls

The Poetry Kit

Christopher Fielden's List

Flash Fiction Writing Contests published quarterly on the last day of January, March, June, September.

Microcosms - flash fiction contests

Please note: Months correspond to deadlines.

Related posts:

How to Win Writing Contests and Big Publishing Contracts

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Recurring Awards

Continual

Reader's Digest 100-Word-Story Competition wants true story about you, in 100 words. Prize: $100. 
Monthly

Hennessy New Irish Writing. Restrictions: Open to writers who are Irish or resident in Ireland. Prize: The winner of each category will receive a Hennessy trophy and €1,500. Winners drawn from published stories in The Irish Times on the last Saturday of each month.

The Worldwide Flash Fiction Competition. Entries must be 500 words max. Prize: First prize is £100.00 ($122.50) paid through Paypal.

Getting Sexy with Food. Entries must be 500 words or less. No profanity, vulgarity, or actual sex. Prize: $50. Enter from the 1st to the 20th of each month.

Zero Flash. Flash fiction contest, 300 words max. Enter from the 1st to the last day of every month. Prize: £10.

Write the World Competitions. Restrictions: Young writers ages 13-18. Genre: Essay. Prize: Best Entry: $100; Runner up: $50.

Weekly

Life of Writers holds a weekly contest. In order to enter, writers must register. (It's free.) Writers must also agree to reply to comments. Prize: (Nominal ?)

Poetry Nook offers a free weekly contest. Prize: $100, with $10 for honorable mentions. You must register to enter, but registration is free. (Thanks to John Reinhart for this tip.)

Ad Hoc Fiction is a weekly free flash fiction contest. Prize: Winning will give you free entry into the Bath Flash, a contest with a top award of 1,000 pounds.

Microcosms is a weekly, microfiction contest, the primary goals of which are to inspire creativity, get writers in the habit of writing, and entertain readers! Prize: They aren't sure yet!

Open

Camera Obscura awards a $1000 prize to the writer of a story selected for publication in each issue as determined by the editors. There is no fee for this award. All stories are eligible.

JANUARY 2018

Small But Mighty. Restrictions: Children ages 7-11 and 12-15. Genre: Fiction and poetry. Prize: Writing supplies, certificate, and publication on website. Deadline: January 1, 2018.

Tony Hillerman Prize. Sponsored by St. Martin's Press. Genre: Debut mystery novel set in Southwest. Prize: $10,000 advance against royalties and publication, Deadline: January 2, 2018.

Texas Institute of Letters Literary Awards. Restrictions: Entrants must have resided in Texas for at least 2 consecutive years, or have been born in Texas. Genre: Book (published). 11 different categories. Prize: $6,000. Deadline: January 2, 2018.

Christopher Doheny Award. The award recognizes excellence in fiction or creative nonfiction on the topic of serious physical illness. The award is presented annually for a completed manuscript that has not yet been published. Prize: $10,000. Deadline: January 2, 2018.

The Mogford Prize for Food And Drink Writing. Genre: Short story which specifically includes the subjects of food and/or drink within the plot. 2500 words. Prize:£7,500 to be awarded during the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival in April 2016. Deadline: January 3, 2018.

Best Villain Fairy Tale Competition. Genre: Short story. "Are you tired of only reading about the “good guys”? Well, here is your chance to turn the spotlight on the villains of fairy tales and folk tales. Fairytalez wants to hear the other side of the story, the villains behind a so-called “happily ever after”! After all, as they say, even the villain is the hero in their own story. Let’s hear it for the “bad” guys! You may either write a new fairy tale or folk tale with a new original villain character or take one of the classics and write the untold story from the villain’s point of view." Prize: Active promotion across all Fairytalez’s social networks. A digital winner badge published with your story and on your profile page. A digital winner badge for your blog or website. A $200 gift certificate to Amazon.com Deadline: January 3, 2018.

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest is sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. Restrictions: The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; US students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program; and US citizens attending schools overseas. Genre: Essay on an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1956. Prize: The first-place winner receives $10,000 comprised of a $5,000 cash award and $5,000 from John Hancock. The second-place winner receives $1,000. Up to five finalists receive $500 each. Deadline: January 4, 2018.

Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out Essay Contest Grades. Stop the Hate® is designed to create an appreciation and understanding among people of differing religions, races, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. Genre: Essay, 500 words. Restrictions: Northeast Ohio 6-12th Graders. Prize: $40,000. Deadline: January 5, 2018 for Grades 6-10, January 19, 2018 for Grades 11-12.

The Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award introduces emerging writers to the New York City literary community. The prestigious award aims to provide promising writers a network for professional advancement. Since Poets & Writers began the Writers Exchange in 1984, 85 writers from 33 states and the District of Columbia have been selected to participate. Restrictions: Open to Arkansas residents. Genre: Poetry and Fiction. Prize: A $500 honorarium; A trip to New York City to meet with editors, agents, publishers, and other writers. All related travel/lodgings expenses and a per diem stipend are covered by Poets & Writers. Winners will also give a public reading of their work; and One-month residency at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming. Deadline: January 8, 2018.

Japan Center-Canon Essay Competition. The aim of the Japan Center Essay Competition is to promote awareness and understanding of Japan in the United States and to help young Americans broaden their international horizons. Genre: Essay. Contestants should write, in English, one or more aspects of Japan including art, culture, tradition, values, philosophy, history, society, politics, business, and technology in relation to their personal views, experiences, and/or future goals. (Contestants do not need to have any experience in visiting Japan or studying Japanese. Prize: Best Essay Award in the High School Division: 1st Place: $3,000 and a Canon camera, 2nd Place: $1,500 and a Canon camera, 3rd Place: $750 and a Canon camera; Best Essay Award in the College Division: $3,000 and a Canon camera; Uchida Memorial Award: $1,000 and a Canon camera; Merit Award: $200 (each) for up to five awards. Deadline: January 8, 2018.

Leah Ryan's FEWW Playwriting Prize. Restrictions: Open to women. Genre: Completed full-length work for theater.  Prize: $2,500, a workshop at the Vassar Powerhouse Theater, and a reading in New York City. Deadline: January 8, 2018.

Orwell Prize. Genre: Political writing published between 1st January and 31st January 2017. All entries must have a clear British link. Journalism and ‘exposing Britain’s social evils’. Prize: £3,000.00. Deadline: January 11, 2018. (Their website is impossible to figure out, which is ironic.)

Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America Best First Crime Novel Competition. Restrictions: The Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any published novel (except that authors of self-published works only may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted is not the self-published work) and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel. Genre: Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the story. Prize: $10,000. Deadline: January 12, 2018.

Moving Words Poetry Contest. Restrictions: People who live within the DC Metro transit area (the Northern Virginia counties Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun and the cities Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church; the District of Columbia; and the Maryland counties Montgomery and Prince George's) and who are over 18. Genre: Poetry on theme: “Ripped from the Headlines.” Prize: $250 honorarium. Deadline: January 12, 2018.

VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Genre: First novel published July–December 2017. No self-published books. Prize: $5,000. Deadline: January 14, 2018.

Hektoen Grand Prix Essay Competition. Genre: Essay relating to art, history, literature, education, personal narratives, and music as they relate to medicine, as well reports on famous physicians or hospitals. Length: 1600 words max. Prizes: $3000 to a top finalist and (2) awards of $800 to two runners-up. Deadline: January 14, 2018.


Beatrice Medicine Award for Scholarship in American Indian Studies. Genre: Essay and/or book about Native American studies published in 2017. Prize: $250. Deadline: January 15, 2018.

Electa Quinney Award for Published American Indian Stories. Genre: Story. "This award seeks to highlight the work of story creators who continue the tradition of teaching through narratives often crossing the boundaries of genres, formats and disciplines. To celebrate the dissemination of stories into spaces where they can be shared all published stories qualify including small press and fine arts printing." Prize: $250. Deadline: January 15, 2018.

The Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers was established in 2005 to honor the memory of Ellen Meloy. The Fund provides support to writers whose work reflects the spirit and passions embodied in Ellen’s writing and her commitment to a “deep map of place.” Ellen’s own map-in-progress was of the desert country she called home. Genre: Only literary or creative nonfiction proposals will be considered. No fiction or poetry proposals will be reviewed. Prize: $3,000. Deadline: January 15, 2018.

Joan Swift Memorial Prize. Restrictions: Open to women over age 65 now living and writing in the Pacific NW - Washington, Oregon, Idaho, northern California, western Montana, British Columbia, and Alaska. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $500 and publication in Poetry Northwest.  Deadline: January 15, 2018.

The Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. Genre: First full-length book of poems by a Latinx poet. Prize: $1000 and a contract from University of Notre Dame Press. Upon publication of the winning book, Letras Latinas will extend an invitation to both the winner and the judge to give a joint reading at Notre Dame. Deadline: January 15, 2018.

Women Artists Datebook. Restrictions: Women. Genre: 4 poems. Peace and Justice. Prize: $70. Deadline: January 15, 2018. Read details HERE.

Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award. Genre: Poem, 3-10 pages long, that demonstrates a "truly inventive spirit." Prize: $500. Deadline: January 15, 2018.

Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Restrictions: Open to women, US citizens only. Genre: Novel. All entries must be submitted by publishers who wish to have the work of their authors that were published in the year 2017 considered. No self-published works or works from vanity presses will be accepted. Prize: $7,500. Deadline: January 15, 2018.

Bethesda Literary Festival Essay and Short Story Contest. The Bethesda Urban Partnership & Bethesda Magazine have partnered to honor local writers at the Bethesda Literary Festival held April. Genres: Essays and short stories. Restrictions: Residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia are eligible. Prizes: First Place: $500 and published in Bethesda Magazine. Second Place: $250. Third Place: $150. Honorable Mention: $75. Deadline: January 19, 2018.

Poetry Society of Virginia - Student Contest. Restrictions: Open to students in Virginia, grades 3 - 12. Prize: $10 - $25. Deadline: January 19, 2018.

Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers. Restrictions: The nominee must self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. The nominee must have written and published at least one but no more than two books of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Prize: $1000. Deadline: January 20, 2018.

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships, awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period, are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. These fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development. Deadline: January 24, 2018.

Roswell Award for Short Science Fiction. Genre: Science fiction, 1500 words max. Prize: $500. Finalists have their stories read by celebrities in Hollywood. Deadline: January 29, 2018.

Fountain Magazine Essay Contest. Genre: Essay. 1,500 - 2,500 words. "How to face a disaster? A life with no disasters is a fantasy. All of us face them – both personally and globally – sooner or later. Then, how should we face a disaster? Just as we take measures while constructing buildings on a fault line, can we be always prepared? How do we defend our inner peace when facing danger? Tell us how you survive difficult times. Give us your best advice. Share your greatest life lesson" Prize: 1st Place - $1,500, 2nd Place - $750, 3rd Place - $300, Two Honorable Mentions - $200 each. Deadline: January 31, 2018.

Striking 13. Genre: Flash Fiction. Max 513 words on theme of "Greed." Prize: Three Amazon voucher prizes, for the top 3 entries ($25, $15, $10) Deadline: January 31, 2018.

French-American Foundation Translation Prizes. Genre: Book - best English translation of French in both fiction and non-fiction. Prize: $10,000. Deadline: January 31, 2018.

Jerry Jazz Musician Fiction Contest. "The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America." Genre: previously unpublished work of short fiction. Prize: $100.00.  Deadline: January 31, 2018.

College Undergraduate Poetry and Florence Kahn Memorial Award. Restrictions: Undergraduates working toward a degree in an accredited U.S. college or university. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $500. Deadline: January 31, 2018.

Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize. The annual Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize is awarded each spring to honor an outstanding literary translation from German into English published in the USA the previous year.  Genre: Published fiction or non-fiction, may include: novels, novellas, short stories, plays, poetry, biographies, essays and correspondence. Prize: $10,000. Deadline: January 31, 2018.

The Danuta Gleed Literary Award for best first collection of short fiction in the English language was initiated by John Gleed in honour of his late wife to promote and celebrate the genre of short fiction, which she loved. Restrictions: Canadian residents only. Prize: A $10,000 prize will be awarded for the best first collection of published short fiction in the English language. Two finalist will also be awarded $500 each. Deadline: January 31, 2018.

Imagine Little Tokyo. Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) seeks fictional short stories in Japanese or English for its second annual “Imagine Little Tokyo” writing contest. The setting of the story should be in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA– either past, present or future. Prize: $600. The winner of the youth division (18 or younger) will receive $400. Deadline: January 31, 2018.

Caine Prize for African Writing. Restrictions: Open to writers born in Africa, or nationals of an African country, or with a parent who is African by birth or nationality, Genre: Short fiction (published). Prize: £10,000. Deadline: January 31, 2018.

Words and Brushes. Genre: Fiction inspired by artwork. Prize: $300 top prize. Deadline: January 31, 2018. (Submission guidelines say "February." I don't know if that means on February 1st or by February 1st, so I am erring on the safe side.)

Indigenous Voices Award. Restrictions: Open to emerging Indigenous writers in lands claimed by Canada. Genre: Novels, creative non-fiction, short stories, poetry, orality, graphic novels, comics, slam, drama, music lyrics, screenwriting, and other forms. Prize: 5 awards for unpublished work totaling $10,000 and 3 awards for published work totaling $15,000. Deadline: January 31, 2018.

Radiating You. Restrictions: You must be 18 years old or older. Genre: Personal essay. "We all have thoughts and secrets we hold close so no one else will know or judge us. Things we push down so we don’t hurt those we love. Feelings that continue to haunt us because they are never shared. Are you brave enough to share yours? Radiating You is launching a contest to uncover the real and unfiltered side of life." Prize. 1st place $100, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50. Length: 500 words maximum. Deadline: January 31, 2018. NOTEBy submitting, you’re granting permission for Radiating You to use your submission on their blogs, social media channels, or future book.

Prospero Prizes. Genre: Poems of philosophical and imaginative heft, haft, and polish. Prize: $150 and feature publication in their digital magazines. Deadline: January 31, 2018.

Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant. Restrictions: Open to authors under 30 years of age who have not had a book published. Applicant must have been born in Ohio or have lived in Ohio for a minimum of five years. Genre: Short fiction and creative non-fiction. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: January 31, 2018.

15th Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Awards. Restrictions: Only undergraduates currently enrolled in accredited United States medical schools are eligible. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $1,000 top prize. Deadline: January 31, 2018. Note: Winners do not retain copyright.

Sunburst Awards. Restrictions: Open to Canadians. Genre: Speculative fiction short stories published in 2017. Prize: ? Deadline: January 31, 2018.


FEBRUARY 2018

United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies. This is a 3-5 month residency in Japan. Grant: $24,000. Deadline: February 1, 2018.

The John Gardner Fiction Award is sponsored by the Binghamton Center for Writers-State University of New York with support from the Office of the Dean of Binghamton University's Harpur College of the Arts & Sciences. Genre: Novel or collection of fiction published in 2017. Prize: $1,000.  Deadline: February 1, 2018.

Wednesday Club Poetry Prize. Restrictions: Adults over 18; living within a 50-mile radius of St. Louis. Genre: Poetry. Two individual poems. Prizes: $500, $300, $150. Deadline: February 1, 2018.

Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is sponsored by the Binghamton Center for Writers-State University of New York with support from the Office of the Dean of Binghamton University's Harpur College of the Arts & Sciences. Genre: Poetry book in English published in 2017. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: February 1, 2018.

Paterson Fiction Prize. Genre: Published novel or collection of short fiction.  Prize: $1,000.   Deadline: February 1, 2018.

Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. Genre: Poetry, up to five poems per person. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: February 1, 2018. 

Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. Genre: Most outstanding book for young people published in 2016. There is a $500 award in each category: Pre-K - Grade 3;  Grades 4 - 6;  Grades 7 - 12. Prize: $500. Deadline: February 1, 2018.

Gannon University Poetry Contest. Restrictions: Entrants must be a US high school student or a home-schooled student in grades nine through twelve.Genre: Poetry. Each student may enter 1 or 2 poems; each poem may be no longer than 50 lines. Prize: First Place: $100.00 Second Place: $75.00 Third Place: $50.00. Deadline: February 1, 2018. 

The Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award. Genre: Short story of no more than 8,000 words that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration. Prize: Publication as the featured story on the Baen Books main website paid at the normal paying rates for professional story submissions. Deadline: February 1, 2018.

$1000 for 1000 Words Creative Writing Contest is sponsored by the Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation. Restrictions: Students enrolled in grades 6-12. Genre: Short fiction of exactly 1000 words. Prize: Two $1,000 scholarship prizes will be awarded, one for grades 6-8 and one for grades 9-12. Seven $100 cash prizes will also be awarded for winning entries, one per grade level. Deadline: February 1, 2018.

Wednesday Club Junior Poetry Contest. Restrictions: High School Students in grades 10 through 12 in High Schools in St. Louis and the St. Louis area. Genre: Poetry. Two individual poems.  Prizes: $100, $80, $60, $40, $20, $10 for all honorable mentions. Deadline: February 1, 2018.

The Levis Reading Prize is sponsored by the Department of English and its MFA in Creative Writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Restrictions: The prize is given annually for the best first or second book of poetry published in the previous calendar year. Genre: Poetry.  Prize: $5000.  Deadline: February 1, 2018.

Golfwell. Genre: Golf stories, fiction or nonfiction, 700 words max. Prize: Golfing books.  Deadline: February 1, 2018.

Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $100. Deadline: February 1, 2018.

The Waterman Fund Essay Contest. Genre: Personal essays between 2000 and 3000 words. The topic is, simply, wilderness and wildness. Prizes: The winning essayist will be awarded $1500 and publication in Appalachia Journal. The Honorable Mention essay will receive $500. Deadline: February 2, 2018.

New Welsh Writing Awards. Restrictions: Open to all residents of the UK and Ireland, plus those who have been educated in Wales for at least six months; the Novella Prize is also open to writers based in the US and Canada. Genres: Novella and memoir. Works may be a single, long-form piece or a book divided or structured as the author sees fit. No simultaneous submissions. Deadline: February 2, 2018

Zocalo Public Square Poetry Prize. Restrictions: Open to US poets only. Genre: Poetry that evokes a connection to place. Prize: $500. Deadline: February 2, 2018. Note: Winning author gives up all rights.

Student Stowe Prize. Restrictions: Open to US high school and college students. Genre: published writing on a social justice or human rights topic, in the spirit of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Prize: Up to $2,500. Deadline: February 2, 2018.


Charles Crupi Memorial Poetry Contest. Restrictions: Open to high school students in Michigan. Genre: Poetry. Prize: 1st place - $250 and publication in The Albion Review, 2nd place - $150 and publication in The Albion Review; 3rd place - $100 and publication in The Albion Review. Deadline: February 3, 2018.

White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails Prize in Southern Poetry. Restrictions: Open to all poets who currently reside in and have had residency in one of the following states for a minimum of 12 consecutive months: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia. Genre: Poetry. "WOKC invites poets from across the South to explore the topic of Faith." Prize: $1,500. Deadline: February 4, 2018.

Sweek #My2018 Contest. Genre: Short story about your plans in 2018. Note: your story is not about writing your resolutions for next year, the mission is to give your real life story a fictional layer. Prize: Grand prize $200; Best story per language: $50. Deadline: February 6, 2018.

Nelson Algren Literary Awards is a short story contest sponsored by the Chicago Tribune. This contest is open to residents of the United States. All entries must be: fiction, less than 8,000 words, double spaced, written in English. Prize: One grand prize winner will receive $3,500. Four finalists will each receive $1,000. Five runners-up will each receive $500. Total value of all prizes: $10,000. Deadline: February 7, 2018.

Bethesda Literary Festival Essay and Short Story Contest. The Bethesda Urban Partnership & Bethesda Magazine have partnered to honor local writers at the Bethesda Literary Festival. Genres: Essays and poetry. Adult and high school student categories. Restrictions: Residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia are eligible. Prizes: First Place: $500 and published in Bethesda Magazine. Second Place: $250. Third Place: $150. Honorable Mention: $75. Deadline: February 9, 2018.

Life Writing Prize. Restrictions: Writers must be UK residents who have not published a full-length work.  Genre: Nonfiction based on a significant portion from the author’s own personal experience; A complete work of fiction or non-fiction of over 30,000 words; Ten or more short stories either in a collection or published individually; A professionally produced theatre script or screenplay, or radio play; Twenty or more poems either in a collection or published individually. Prize: £1500, an Arvon course, two years’ membership to the Royal Society of Literature, a development meeting with literary agent Robert Caskie and a development meeting with an editor at Unbound. Two highly commended writers receive £500, a writing mentor, a development meeting with agent Robert Caskie and a development meeting with an editor at Unbound. Deadline: February 9, 2018.

Luminarts Creative Writing Program. The Creative Writing Competition awards five $5,000 grant awards and Luminarts Fellowships across categories of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Open to writers between the ages of 18 and 30 years old at the time of application; be enrolled in, or have graduated from, a degree program; and live within 150 miles of the Union League Club of Chicago. Genre: Poetry or prose, fiction and nonfiction. Prize: $5,000 and publication in Luminarts Review, a literary journal. Deadline: February 9, 2018.

Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Restrictions: Open to writers who were born in or are residents of Virginia or, in the case of nonfiction, books with a Virginia theme, are eligible. Genre: Books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in the previous year. Prize: $2,500. Deadline: February 10, 2018.

Writers’ Trust / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. Restrictions: Only works from writers who are Canadian citizens, whether living in Canada or abroad, or permanent residents of Canada are eligible. Genre: Short story or excerpt from a fiction work-in-progress first published by a Canadian magazine or annual anthology during the previous calendar year. Prize: $10,000. Deadline: February 12, 2018.

Writers' & Artists' Yearbook Short Story Competition. Genre: Short story. All entries must be original unpublished prose of 2,000 words or fewer. Prize: £500 and publication. Deadline: February 13, 2018.

The Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry is an annual regional prize, presented in partnership by Milkweed Editions and the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation. Restrictions: Open to residents of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $10,000 as well as a contract for publication to the author of the winning manuscript. Deadline: February 14, 2018.

Harold Morton Landon Translation Award. Genre: Poetry collection translated from any language into English and published in the previous calendar year. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: February 15, 2018.

Bala Kids/Khyentse Foundation Children's Book Prize. Genre: Children's book on Buddhist themes and values. Prize: $5,000 and publication by Bala Kids, an imprint of the Buddhist magazine and publishing house Shambhala. Deadline: February 15, 2018.

Words and Brushes. Genre: Fiction inspired by artwork. Prize: $300 top prize. Deadline: February 15, 2018.

Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards for Excellence in Published Haiku, Translation, and Criticism. Genre: Published book. Books must have been published in 2016 and must clearly contain a printed 2016 copyright. A member, author, or publisher may submit or nominate more than one title. At least 50 percent of the book must be haiku, senryu, or haibun, or prose about these subjects (books mostly of tanka, for example, are not eligible). Prize: $500. Deadline: February 15, 2018.

Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships. Restrictions: Open to Kentucky poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Genre: Literary arts. Prize: $7,500. Deadline: February 15, 2018.

Brilliant Flash Fiction. Genre: Flash fiction based on Adam Kluger’s art; 300 words max. Prize: 50 euro first prize (or equivalent amount in your currency), 25 euro second prize,15 euro third prize. Deadline: February 15, 2018.

New England Youth Outdoor Writing Contest. Restrictions: The contest is open to students in New England. Submissions from students in grades 6-8 will be entered in the Junior Division; grades 9-12 will be entered in the Senior Division. Genre: Prose or poem, The topic must be outdoor-oriented (fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing, hiking, camping, nature, ecology, etc.). 500 words max. Prize: $125, $150. Deadline: February 15, 2018.

Scotiabank Giller Prize. Restrictions: Open to books published in Canada in English. Books must be published in Canada in English between October 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018 to be eligible for the 2017 Prize. Must  be nominated by publisher. Genre: Fiction. Full-length novel or collection of short stories published in English, either originally, or in translation. Prize: $100,000 to the winner and $10,000 to each of the finalists. Deadline: February 15, 2018.

Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Award. Genre: Poetry - translation into English of a significant work of modern Italian poetry. Prize: $10,000. Deadline: February 15, 2018.

New York City Emerging Writers Fellowship. Restrictions: "Applicants must be current residents of one of the five boroughs, and must remain in New York City for the entire year of the fellowship. Students in degree-granting programs are not eligible to apply, even if the focus of study is not directly related to writing. This program supports emerging writers whose work shows promise of excellence. Applicants can be of any age, but must be in the early stages of their careers as fiction writers and will not have had the support needed to achieve major recognition for their work. We define “emerging writer” as someone who has not yet had a novel or short story collection published by either a major or independent publisher and who is also not currently under contract to a publisher for a work of fiction. Eligible applicants may have had stories or novel excerpts published in magazines, literary journals or online, but this is not a requirement." Genre: Fiction. Grant: $5,000. Deadline: February 15, 2018.

Wiley-Silver Prize in Civil War History. Genre: First book or monograph in Civil War history published in the previous year. Books or monographs published by scholarly or popular presses are eligible. Prize: $2,000. Deadline: February 16, 2018.

Black Caucus of the American Library Association Self-Published E-Book Literary Award. Restrictions: Open to African-Americans. Genre: Self-Published E-Book in fiction and poetry. Prize: $500. Deadline: February 17, 2018.

Past-Year Memoir Contest. Genre: True story about your past year in 17 words. Prize: Free Gotham class of your choosing. Deadline: February 19, 2018.

Lex Allen Literary Festival Prizes. Restrictions: Open to undergraduate college students. Genres: Poetry and fiction. Prize: $100. Deadline: February 20, 2018.

The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award supports the work of a promising early-career nonfiction writer on a story that uncovers truths about the human condition. Genres: Nonfiction journalism works in progress with “strong, character-driven narratives with detailed scene writing and lyrical description.” Restrictions: The award will not fund proposals to report on armed conflicts where journalists are already imperiled, nor projects that are mainly investigatory. Prize: $12,500 grant and use of the NYU library. Deadline: February 20, 2018.

The Tomorrow Prize. Restrictions: Open to high school students in Los Angeles. Genre: Science fiction, 1500 words max. Prize: $250. Deadline: February 26, 2018.

Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest. Genre: Fiction about climate change. Prize: The winning story will receive a $1000 prize, and nine finalists will receive $50 prizes. Deadline: February 28, 2018.

Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. Restrictions: Open to first-generation residents of the United States. “First-generation” can refer either to people born in another country who relocated to the U.S., or to American-born residents whose parents were born elsewhere. Genre: Unpublished fiction and nonfiction books. Prize: $10,000 and publication. Deadline: February 28, 2018.

Auditory Cortex. Restrictions: Open to Asian poets. Genre: Poetry. Poems must be written and read in the author’s local variety of English (e.g. Brunei English, Burmese English, Chinese English, Fijian English, Filipino English, Guamanian English, Hawaiian English, Hong Kong English, Japanese English, Kazakh English, Malaysian English, Samoan English, Singapore English, Sri Lankan English, Thai English, Tok Pisin, Tongan English, Vietnamese English, etc.) Prize: First Prize: HK$500, Second Prize: HK$300, Third Prize: HK$200, Highly Commended (up to 8): HK$100 each. Deadline: February 28, 2018.

Outlet Publishing Young Writers' Short Story Competition. Restrictions: Open to ages 16-25, UK residents only.  Genre: Short story. Prize: £150 top prize. Deadline: February 28, 2018.

The Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multi-Lingual Texts. Genre: Literary translations and multi-lingual texts. Prize: $200. Deadline: February 28, 2018.

Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction. Genre: Essay, maximum 5,000 words. Prize: $250 top prize. Deadline: February 28, 2018.

YSCI-FI Flash Fiction Contest. Genre: Science fiction, fantasy, horror. Prize: $250. Deadline: February 28, 2018.

Booksie Young Writer Contest. Restrictions: Open to youth aged 13-18. Genre: Short stories of any genre. Prize: $75-$300. Deadline: February 28, 2018.

Poetry Matters Literary Prizes. Restrictions: Several categories, from middle-school to senior citizens. Genre: Poetry. Prize: 1st prize- $75; 2nd prize- $50; 3rd prize-$35; Honorable Mention- $25. Deadline: February 28, 2018.

Spirit First Meditation Poetry Contest. Genre: Poem on the theme of mindfulness or meditation. Prize: $200.  Deadline: February 28, 2018.

SLF Working Class Writers Grant is sponsored by the Speculative Literature Foundation. Genres: Speculative fiction, magical realism. Restrictions: Applicants must be working class (see guidelines page for definition) and demonstrate financial hardship. Available to international writers. Prize: $750. Deadline: February 28, 2018.


FEBRUARY 2017

Emily Dickinson First Book Award. Restrictions: Open to any American citizen forty years of age or over who has not previously published a book-length volume of poetry. Genre: Poetry collection. Prize: In addition to publication and promotion of the manuscript by Graywolf Press, the winner will receive a prize of $10,000. Deadline: February 27, 2017.

MARCH 2018

Madeline P. Plonsker Emerging Writer's Residency Prize. Restrictions: Open to an emerging poet under forty years old—with no major book publication. Genre: Poetry - manuscript in progress. Prize: Stipend of $10,000 with a housing suite and campus meals provided by the College, and three weeks in residence on the Lake Forest College campus during the Spring 2017 term. Possible publication. Deadline: March 1, 2018.

The Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award is sponsored by Broadside Lotus Press. Restrictions: This competition is open to African American poets only. If you have already had a book published by Lotus Press, you are ineligible. However, inclusion in a Lotus Press anthology does not disqualify you. Genres: Poetry collections of approximately 60-90 pages. Prize: $500 in cash and publication  by Broadside Lotus Press within the first three months of 2017 as well as free copies and discounts. Deadline: March 1, 2018.

Honeysuckle Chapbook Contest. Genre: Poetry and short stories. Manuscripts should be no shorter than 20 pages and no longer than 40 pages. This does not include the table of contents, title page, or identity statement. You may submit one chapbook in poetry and in prose. There should be no more than one poem per page. Prize: $500, print publication, author copies, distribution in bookstores across America, and a jar of berry jam. Deadline: March 1, 2018.

Balticon Poetry Contest. Sponsored by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Genre: Speculative poetry. Prize: 1st prize: $100; 2nd prize: $75; 3rd prize: $50. Deadline: March 1, 2018.

Beverly Hopkins Memorial Poetry Contest for High School Students. Restrictions: High school students living within 100 miles of St. Louis. Genre: Poetry. Prize: First prize $200, Second prize $125, Third prize $75. Deadline: March 1, 2018.

The Irish Post's Creative Writing Competition. Restrictions: Open to Irish residents of the UK. Genre: Fiction on an Irish theme. Prizes: €500, publication in the Irish Post, and a trip to the Listowel Writers’ Week in Co. Kerry. Deadline: March 1, 2018.

Lewis Galantiere Award. Restrictions: Open to US citizens or permanent residents. Genre: Translation of book-length literary work from any language, except German, into English. Entries must have been published in the US in the past two years. Prize: $1000. Deadline: March 1, 2018.

The Premises:CLOTHES. Write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story in which one or more pieces of clothing play an important role. Genre: Short story. Length: Between 1,000 and 5,000 words. Prize: Between US$60 and US$220, and publication. Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern US time, March 2, 2018.

Christopher Tower Poetry Competition. Restrictions: Open to UK students between 16-18 years of age. Genre: Poetry, one poem, maximum 48 lines. Theme is "wonder." Prize: £3,000. Deadline: March 2, 2018.

"It's All Write!" Teen Short Story Contest. Restrictions: Open to Grades 6-12. Genre: Short story, and flash fiction, unpublished. Prize: 1st Place $250, 2nd Place $150, 3rd Place $100. Deadline: March 4, 2018.

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging WritersGenre: Short fiction. Restrictions: Candidates must be: A Canadian citizen or permanent resident; Under the age of 35 as of March 5, 2018; Previously published in an independently edited magazine or anthology; Unpublished in book form and without a book contract. Prizes: Winner: $5,000; Finalists: $1,000. Deadline: March 5, 2018.

NEA Literature Fellowships are sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Prize: $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Deadline: March 7, 2018.

Common Good Books Poetry Contest is sponsored by Common Good Books, proprietor Garrison Keillor. Genre: Poetry. Poems must be set in St Paul, in the winter. Prize: Grand prizes of $1000 each, and four poets will receive $500 for poems of particular merit. Deadline: March 9, 2018. 

Nantucket Directory Poetry Contest.  Genre: poem about Nantucket Island. Prize: $250 and publication in the print and online editions of the Nantucket Directory. Deadline: March 10, 2018.

Nature-Saving Scholarship. Restrictions: Open to High School and College students. Genre: Original list of nature-saving rules. Prize: $1,000 or $500 scholarship. Deadline: March 11, 2018.

BBC National Short Story Award. Restrictions: Open to UK residents or nationals, aged 18 or over, who have a history of publication in creative writing. Genre: Short fiction. Prize: £15,000 to the winner, £3,000 for the runner-up and £500 for three further shortlisted writers. Deadline: March 12, 2018.

North Carolina Poetry Contest. Restrictions: Open to residents of North Carolina (including students). Genre: Poetry. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: March 12, 2018. Snail mail entries only.

Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. Genre: Adventure writing novel. Separate categories for published and unpublished books. Self-published books accepted. Prize: £15,000. Deadline: March 12, 2018.

Hodson Trust–John Carter Brown Library Fellowship. Genre: Nonfiction (includes creative nonfiction). A book-in-process  relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830. Award: $20,000. Deadline: March 15, 2018.

Alpine Fellowship. Genre: Pieces of any genre up to 2500 words on the theme of “Childhood.”  Prize: The first place winner receives £3000 and an invitation to enter the symposium in Venice (two runners-up also receive the invitation). Deadline: March 15, 2018. 

Gordon Burn Prize. Restrictions: Open to permanent US or UK residents. Genre: Fiction or nonfiction book first published in the US or UK between July 1 of the preceding year and July 1 of the deadline year. Prize: 5,000 pounds and 3-month writing retreat at Gordon Burn's cottage in Berwickshire. Deadline: March 15, 2018.

Governor General's Literary Awards. Restrictions: Books must have been written or translated by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. They do not need to be residing in Canada. Genre: The Governor General’s Literary Awards are given annually to the best English-language and the best French-language book in each of the seven categories of Fiction, Literary Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, Young People’s Literature (Text), Young People’s Literature (Illustrated Books) and Translation (from French to English). Prize: $25,000. Deadline: March 15, 2018.

Iris N. Spencer Undergraduate Poetry Award. Restrictions: Open to undergraduate poets who are enrolled in a United States college or university. Genre: Poetry composed in the traditional modes of meter, rhyme and received forms. Prize: First prize $1,500, and a runner-up prize $500. Deadline: March 15, 2018.

Myong Cha Son Haiku Award. Restrictions: Open to undergraduate poets who are enrolled in a United States college or university. Genre: Haiku. Prize: First prize $1,500, and a runner-up prize $500. Deadline: March 15, 2018.

Rhina P. Espaillat Poetry Award. Restrictions: Open to undergraduate poets who are enrolled in a United States college or university. Genre: Original poems written in Spanish and translations of English poems to Spanish. Prize: First prize $1,500, and a runner-up prize $500. Deadline: March 15, 2018.

Lynn DeCaro Poetry Contest. Restrictions: Open to Connecticut Student Poets in Grades 9-12. Genre: Poetry. Prize: 1st $75, 2nd $50, 3rd $25. Deadline: March 15, 2018.

The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award seeks to elevate the written arts in Indiana. Restrictions: Any living published writer who was born in Indiana or has lived in Indiana for at least five years will be eligible. Authors who have published works of fiction, prose, poetry and/or non-fiction are eligible; reference works, scholarly monographs and books of photography will not be considered. Self-published authors are considered. Prize: National Author: $10,000 cash prize and $2,500 grant for his or her hometown Indiana public library. Regional Author: $7,500 cash prize and $2,500 grant for his or her hometown Indiana public library. Emerging Author: $5,000 cash prize and $2,500 grant for his or her hometown Indiana public library. Deadline: March 16, 2018.

Thresholds International Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition. Genre: Nonfiction feature in one of two categories: Author Profile: exploring the life, writings and influence of a single short story writer. We Recommend: personal recommendations of a collection, anthology, group of short stories or a single short story. Prize: 1st prize of £500, runner-up prize of £100. Deadline: March 18, 2018.

Jane Martin Poetry Prize (UK). Restrictions: Open to  UK residents between 18 and 30 years of age. Genre: Poetry. Prize: £700, second prize, £300. Deadline: March 19, 2018.

Eliza So Finish-Your-Book Fellowship. Restrictions: There are two fellowships, one for immigrant writers, and one for Native Americans with affiliations to Montana. Genre: A novel, collection of stories, or memoir in progress (100 pages minimum) or poetry collection in progress (30 pages minimum). Prize: The fellowship includes room and board at Las Vegas' Writer's Block in the fall or winter of 2018, along with a $500 food stipend and $400 toward airfare. Deadline: March 25, 2018.

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition for High School Students. Restrictions: Open to students in Grades 7-12. Genre: Haiku. Prizes: $50. Deadline: March 25, 2018.

The Gover Story Prize. Genre: Short Fiction & Creative Nonfiction. Works of short prose must be less than 10,000 words, previously unpublished, or published with a circulation of less than 500. Prize: $250.00. Deadline: March 25, 2018. No reprints or simultaneous submissions.

Digital and Technology Scholarship. Restrictions: Open to college students. Genre: Article or essay or info graphics in at least 1000 words on tech topic. Prize: $500.00 scholarship. Deadline: March 25, 2018.

The Lakefly Writers Conference. Restrictions: Open to residents of Wisconsin. GenresShort story fiction:  1500 words or less. Any genre. Flash fiction:  500 words or less. Any genre. No theme. Poetry:  All poems, free verse to formal and everything in between—75 lines max. Theme: Wisconsin Choices. The Jean Nelson Essay for Young Adults: For young adult writers (ages 12 through 17). 2500 words or less. Theme: Notable Wisconsin figure (living or dead) who most inspires me. Prize: First place winners will receive a cash prize of $100; second place winners will receive $75; and third place winners will receive $50. Winners must be able to attend an awards ceremony. Deadline: March 30, 2018.

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival's Fresh Voices Competition. Restrictions: New England high school students. Prize: Reading at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival on August 5, 2018 and publication.  Deadline: March 30, 2018.

The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books. Restrictions: Entry is open to citizens of an African country. A copy of a passport or comparable document will be required of winners and long listed entrants. There are no restrictions on age or race. Genre: Unpublished manuscript for an early chapter book targeting readers aged 9 to 11 years old. Stories must be set in Africa or have a very evident African content. Prize: $5,000 (USD), the opportunity to publish with and receive royalties from Golden Baobab’s African and international publishing partners. Deadline: March 31, 2018.

Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award. Genre: Poetry chapbook (30 pages). Prize: $250. Deadline: March 31, 2018. (After this date, there is a $5 fee to submit)

Natan Book Award. Genre: Nonfiction. The book should address one or more of Natan’s grant areas. Broadly understood, these are: the reinvention of Jewish life and community for the 21st century; changing notions of individual and collective identity for 21st century Jews; and the evolving relationship between Israel and world Jewry. The award is open to non-fiction books that have an existing publishing contract with a recognized commercial publisher. (Academic publishers are also acceptable in certain cases where the book is intended to appeal to mainstream audiences.) Prize: The Award is a two-stage award, offering at most a total of $25,000, to be divided as follows: a cash award to the author of $10,000, to be used during the writing process; and customized support for the marketing and publicity strategy for the book, up to $15,000. This is a pre-publication award and the prize winner will be announced prior to the book's publication date. Deadline: March 31, 2018.

Foley Poetry Contest. Genre: One unpublished poem on any topic. The poem should be 30 lines or fewer and not under consideration elsewhere. Prize: $1000. Deadline: March 31, 2018.

The Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. Genre: Novel published in 2017 (50,000 words minimum). Book has to be set in one of the original eleven states in the Confederacy. (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.) Prize: $2,500.00, and an expense paid trip to New York City. (The winner must come to NY to receive the award, attend a luncheon with the contest judges and a reception in his/her honor.) Deadline: March 31, 2018.

L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest. Restrictions: open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Genres: Science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy up to 17,000 words. Prizes: Three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in US dollars. In addition, at the end of the year the winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. Deadline: March 31, 2018.

Jack L. Chalker Young Writers' Contests. Restrictions: Open to writers between 14 and 18 years of age as of May 29 in the contest year who reside in, or attend school in Maryland. Genre: Science fiction or fantasy, 2,500 words max. Prizes: $150, $100 and $75. Deadline: March 31, 2018.

Sarah Mook Poetry Prize for Students. Restrictions: Students in grades K-12. Genre: Poetry.  Prize: $100. Deadline: March 31, 2018.

Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation. Genre: Poetry or literary prose. Translation of modern Arabic literature into English. Books must have been published between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018 and be available for purchase in the UK via a distributor or online. The source text must have been published in the original Arabic in or after 1967. Must be submitted by publisher. Prize: £3,000. Deadline: March 31, 2018.

Archibald Lamp­man Award. Restrictions: Open to residents of Canada's National Capital region (Ottawa). Genre: Book of any genre published by a recognized publisher. Prize: $1500. Deadline: March 31, 2018.

Jacklyn Potter Young Poets Competition. Restrictions: Open to high school students in the Washington, DC region. Genre: Poetry. Prize: A reading with honorarium in the Miller Poetry Series, a summer program occurring in June and July. Deadline: March 31, 2018.

Lake Superior State University High School Short Story Prize. Restrictions: Open to high school students students residing in the Midwestern United States (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) or Ontario, Canada. Genre: Short fiction. The theme is Historical Fiction. Prize: $500 and publication.  Deadline: March 31, 2018.

Save the Earth Poetry Prize. Restrictions: Open to high school students, grades 11 & 12. Genre: Poem (1). Poems submitted should, in any way possible, evoke humankind’s awareness of the natural world and nature as such. Prize: $200 awarded to seven winners. Deadline: March 31, 2018.

Speculative Literature Foundation Older Writers Grant. Restrictions: Open to writers who are fifty years of age or older at the time of grant application. Genre: Speculative fiction. Prize: $500.   Deadline: March 31, 2018.

Value of Being Fit Scholarship Program. Restrictions: Open to students who are currently enrolled in colleges, universities or high schools. Genre: Essay, info graphics, or article (750-1000 words) on “How can you remain fit forever.” Prize: $750.  Deadline: March 31, 2018.

MARCH 2017.

William Foster-Harris Prizes for Young Writers. Restrictions: High school and undergraduate students currently enrolled in US schools. Prizes: Two $500 prizes for short stories by high school students (maximum 1,000 words) and undergraduate students (maximum 2,000 words). Deadline: March 1, 2017.

The Ungar German Translation Award is bestowed biennially in odd-numbered years. Genre: Book-length literary translation translated from German into English and published in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016. Prize: $1,000, a certificate of recognition, and up to $500 toward expenses for attending the ATA Annual Conference in San Francisco, California. Deadline: March 2, 2017.

Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest. Genre: Short story(2500 words max). Prize: $1,500 to be divided among the five winners. Manuscript to be published in The Austin Chronicle in June 2017. Deadline: March 3, 2017.

Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards. Restrictions: Open to all adult and high school age Chicago area poets. There is also an elementary and middle school category open to Evanston elementary and middle school students. Genre: Poetry. Prize: First Place: $100; Second Place: $50; Third Place: $25. Deadline: March 13, 2017.

Binnacle Ultra-Short Competition. Genre: Short story of 150 words as well as poetry of sixteen lines or fewer and 150 words or fewer. All works should have a narrative element to them. Prize: A minimum of $300 in cash prizes will be awarded, with a minimum prize of $50. Deadline: March 15, 2017.

ESME (Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere) Contest. Restrictions: Open to current or former single mothers. Genres: Poetry, fiction, memoir, essay, blog post. Prize: First ($500), second ($350) and third ($150). Deadline: March 15, 2017.

Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets. Restrictions: Open to Virginia poets. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $500. Deadline: March 17, 2017.

Loft Literary Center Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grants. Grants of up to $8,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one year. Writers who have published no more than two books in any genre are eligible to apply. Submit 15 to 20 pages of poetry or 20 to 30 pages of prose, an artist proposal, a brief bio, a preliminary budget, and a résumé. Deadline: March 31, 2017.

Gary Fincke Creative Writing Prize. Restrictions: Open to undergraduates. Genre: Poetry and prose. Prize: $100. Deadline: March 31, 2017. 


Fall Lines: Saluda River Prize for Poetry / Broad River Prize for Prose. Genres: Poetry, flash fiction, essays, short fiction. Prizes: Two $250 cash prizes, and publication. Deadline: March 31, 2017.

APRIL 2018

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. Now in its 17th year, this contest seeks today's best humor poems, published and unpublished. Please enter one poem only, 250 lines max. Prize: $2,250 in prizes, including a top prize of $1,000, and publication on Winning Writers. Deadline: April 1, 2018. See submission form HERE.

Wax Poetry and Art Poetry Contest. Genre: Poem. (Enter 1 poem for free. There is a charge for additional poems.) Prize: $120. Deadline: April 1, 2018.

The Great American Think-Off. Genre: Essay on the theme: “Which plays a larger role in shaping one’s life: success or failure?” Entrants should take a strong stand agreeing or disagreeing with this topic, basing their arguments on personal experience and observations rather than philosophical abstraction. Essay should be no more than 750 words. Prize: One of four $500 cash prizes. Deadline: April 1, 2018.

Wick Poetry Center High School Poetry Competition. Restrictions: Open to Ohio high school seniors. Genre: Poetry. Prize: One-time $1,500 scholarship to Kent State University. Second and third prize winners receive $1,000 and $500 one-time scholarships. Deadline: April 1, 2018.

The Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers. Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians awards fellowships for writers to spend time in McCullers' childhood home in Columbus, Georgia. The fellowships are intended to afford the writers in residence uninterrupted time to dedicate to their work, free from the distractions of daily life and other professional responsibilities. Award: Stipend of $5000 to cover costs of transportation, food and other incidentals. Fellowship recipients will be required to introduce or advance their work through reading or workshop/forum presentations. The Fellow will work with the McCullers Center Director to plan a presentation near the end of the residency. Deadline: April 1, 2018. 

Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. Restrictions: The writer must be Canadian, and an entry must be the writer's first or second published book of any type or genre and must have a Canadian locale and/or significance. Genre: Print books and ebooks of creative non-fiction published in the previous calendar year. Prize: C$10,000.00. Deadline: April 1, 2018.

Betsy Colquitt Award for Poetry/Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Genres: Short stories and poetry. Prize: $500 Frank O’Connor Award for fiction. $500 Betsy Colquitt Award for poetry.  Deadline: April 1, 2018.

Small But Mighty. Restrictions: Children ages 7-11 and 12-15. Genre: Fiction and poetry. Prize: Writing supplies, certificate, and publication on website. Deadline: April 1, 2018.

The Waterston Desert Writing Prize. Genre: Literary nonfiction, desert theme. Prize: $1,500. Deadline: April 1, 2018.

Fairytalez Gender Swap Contest. "Write a new version of a classic fairy tale or folk tale and change the gender roles within, plus add other elements if you like." Genre: Fairy tales with role reversals. Prize: $200 Amazon gift certificate. Deadline: April 6, 2018.
Limnisa Short Story Competition. Genre: Short story under 3,000 words on theme of Plastic. Prize: One-week, all-inclusive writers' retreat or workshop in 2017 or 2018 in Limnisa, Greece and online publication, or five online personal tutoring sessions instead. Deadline: April 15, 2018.

William Saroyan Writing Contest. Restrictions: Open to students in 1st grade through college. Genre: Short story, 2 pages. Prize: $50 - $100. Deadline: April 15, 2018.

Harold U. Ribalow Prize. Genre

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