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Best Non Fiction Writing Contests in 2024

Showing 90 contests that match your search.

Genres: Crime, Essay, Fantasy, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Horror, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Story, Thriller, and Young Adult

The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series Selected Shorts. Selected Shorts is recorded for Public Radio and heard nationally on both the radio and its weekly podcast. This years entries will be judged by Carmen Maria Machado (In the Dream House, Her Body and Other Parties).

Top Prize:

$1000 + free 10 week course with Gotham Writers

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $25

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: March 01, 2024 (Expired)

The Rubery Prize

Rubery Book Awards

Genres: Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Novel, Novella, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, and Romance

The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award seeking the best books by indie writers, self published authors and books published by independent presses, judged by reputable judges. Through our reputation of finding quality and outstanding books we aim to bring recognition to the works that win and heighten an author's profile.

Top Prize:

ยฃ2000

Additional prizes:

ยฃ200, a write-up

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $60

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: March 31, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, Novel, and Poetry

Through this contest, the BCALA honors the best self-published ebooks by an African American author in the U.S. in both fiction and poetry genres. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora. The purpose is to encourage the artistic expression of the African American experience via literature and scholarly research including biographical, historical, and social history treatments by African Americans.

Top Prize:

$2,500

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: February 29, 2024 (Expired)

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Irene Adler Prize

Lucas Ackroyd

Genres: Essay, Non-fiction, and Travel

Iโ€™ve traveled the world from Sweden to South Africa, from the Golden Globes to the Olympic womenโ€™s hockey finals. Iโ€™ve photographed a mother polar bear and her cubs and profiled stars like ABBA, Jennifer Garner and Katarina Witt. And I couldnโ€™t have done it without women. Iโ€™ve been very fortunate, and itโ€™s time for me to give back. With the Irene Adler Prize, Iโ€™m awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a woman pursuing a degree in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution.

Top Prize:

$1,000

Additional prizes:

2x honorable mentions: $250

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: May 30, 2024 (Expired)

First Pages Prize

First Pages Prize

Genres: Fiction and Non-fiction

First Pages Prize invites you to enter your first 5 pages of a longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Prizes in both fiction & creative nonfiction. Open to un-agented writers worldwide, the prize supports emerging writers with cash awards, developmental mentoring, & agent consultation. This year our judge is Edwidge Danticat! Opens March 2024!

Top Prize:

$2,000

Additional prizes:

Agent Consultation, Developmental Mentorship

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $20

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: April 24, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Memoir, Non-fiction, and Short Story

Original, unpublished works of memoir writing up to 2000 words. The winner will be interviewed and the winning story published on Alison Wearingโ€™s website and featured in the Memoir Writing Ink program. This award was created in celebration of the life of Amy Macrae and in support of her living legacy to improve the outcomes of women with ovarian cancer. Submissions accepted between April 15 to June 30, 2024.

Top Prize:

$1,000

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $25

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: June 30, 2024

The Hudson Prize

Black Lawrence Press

Genres: Essay, Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, and Short Story

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or prose. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers.

Top Prize:

$1,000

Additional prizes:

Publication

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $28

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: March 31, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, Short Story, Essay, Memoir, and Novel

Established in 2018, the Womenโ€™s Prose Prize is for previously unpublished, original work of prose. Novels, short story collections, memoirs, essay collections, and all other forms of prose writing are eligible for consideration. The awarded manuscript is selected through a biennial competition, held in even-numbered years, that is open to all writers who identify as women.

Top Prize:

$1,000

Additional prizes:

Publication by Red Hen Press

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $25

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: February 28, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Short Story, Fiction, Flash Fiction, and Non-fiction

Stories Through The Ages - Baby Boomers Plus 2023 is open to people born 1966 or earlier. The deadline for entries is June 15, 2023. There is no prompt for the contest. Authors may write about any topic. The entry fee is $20 ($15 if submitting more than one story). The word count for this contest is 900 - 5000 words. Cash prizes of $500, $200 and $100 will be awarded. There will be a minimum of 15 finalists whose story will appear in the book.

Top Prize:

$500

Additional prizes:

2nd: $200 | 3rd: $100

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $20

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: June 15, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Essay and Non-fiction

Creative nonfiction may include memoirs, chronicles, personal essays, humorous perspectives, literary journalismโ€”anything the author has witnessed, experienced, or discovered. Pieces may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted. Winner receives $1,000, a bronze medallion, and publication in The Lascaux Review.

Top Prize:

$1,000

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $15

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: September 30, 2024

Genres: Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Novel, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, Science Writing, Script Writing, Short Story, Thriller, and Young Adult

The Storytrade Book Awards recognizes excellence in small and independent publishing. Open to all indie authors and publishers including self-published authors, university presses, and small or independent presses, our annual awards program spotlights outstanding books in a number of fiction and nonfiction categories.

Top Prize:

$1,000

Additional prizes:

Medal, Book Stickers, Digital Seal

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $75

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: June 30, 2024

Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Poetry, Script Writing, Short Story, and Novella

Geminga is a neutron star so small it was difficult to detect. With Geminga: $500 for Tiny Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, or Art, Sunspot Lit honors the power of the small. No restrictions on theme or category. Word limit is 100 for fiction and nonfiction. Micropoetry is limited to 140 characters. Graphic novels should be 4 pages or less.

Top Prize:

$500

Additional prizes:

Publication in digital and print

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $12

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: January 31, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Crime, Essay, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Novella, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, Science Writing, Short Story, Thriller, and Young Adult

The Letter Review Prize for Books is open to writers from anywhere in the world. Seeking most unpublished (we accept some self/indie published) novels, novellas, story collections, nonfiction, poetry etc. 20 entries are longlisted.

Top Prize:

$1000 USD shared by 3 winners

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $25

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: April 30, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Non-fiction

Memo'd is a platform where wisdom is distilled into 10-point โ€œMemosโ€. It aims to be the worldโ€™s most inspiring (and free-to-use!) repository of short-form knowledge โ€“ and AI will play a pivotal role in this. So what do you have to do to win? Publish an AI-assisted Memo (or Memos) that helps readers gain valuable knowledge in a specific area. Think Twitter threads that are worth remembering. Multiple submissions are welcome and there are no fees - and no catch!

Top Prize:

$750

Additional prizes:

Second Prize for second most unique views: $250 | Best AI Prompt Prize for most creative and useful prompt: $250

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: February 28, 2024 (Expired)

Narrative Prize

Narrative Magazine

Genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, and Short Story

The Narrative Prize is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, one-act play, graphic story, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative. The submission system is open all year.

Top Prize:

$4,000

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $27

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: June 15, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Humor and Non-fiction

Please submit funny, creative nonfiction stories 300-1200 words in length, set in or relating to work. If it makes us laugh, it works. No entry fee and submit as many times as you want before December 18th deadline. Prizes are: $500 and a print copy of the book for first place, $200 and a print copy for second place, and $100 and a print copy for 3rd, 4th, and 5th places. All featured stories will receive a digital copy of the book on publication. The best submissions will be featured in an anthology of funny workplace stories.

Top Prize:

$500

Additional prizes:

2nd: 200 and print copy | 3rd, 4th, & 5th: $100 and print copy

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: December 18, 2023 (Expired)

Great American Think-Off

New York Mills Regional Cultural Center

Genres: Essay and Non-fiction

The Great American Think-Off is an exhibition of civil disagreement between powerful ideas that connect to your life at the gut level. The Cultural Center, located in the rural farm and manufacturing town of New York Mills, sponsors this annual philosophy contest.

Top Prize:

$500

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: April 01, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Story, Crime, Essay, Fantasy, Horror, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Novella, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, and Young Adult

Indignor House Publishing is proud to announce that our annual writing competition (INDIGNOR PLAYHOUSE Short Story Annual Competition) is officially open with expected publication in the fall of 2024. Up to 25 submissions will be accepted for inclusion in the annual anthology.

Top Prize:

$500

Additional prizes:

2nd: $250 | 3rd: $150

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $20

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: March 01, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Essay and Non-fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication of the essay in The Tusculum Reviewโ€™s 20th Anniversary Issue (2024), and creation of a limited edition stand-alone chapbook with original art is awarded. Editors of The Tusculum Review and contest judge Mary Cappello will determine the winner of the 2024 prize.

Top Prize:

$1,000

Additional prizes:

Publication

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $20

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: June 15, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Essay and Non-fiction

The Young Sports Journalist Competition, 2024, seeks well-argued articles from aspiring journalists aged 14-21. Winning entries will be published online and printed in the Summer Issue of Pitch. Critiqued by our panel of accomplished judges, winners will also receive a ยฃ50 cash prize and offered work experience here at PITCH HQ. The competition runs from 7 February 2024 to 5 April 2024. And winners will be announced in May.

Top Prize:

ยฃ50

Additional prizes:

Publication in magazine and online

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: April 05, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, and Poetry

The 2024 Emerging Writer's Contest will run from March 1 at noon EST to May 15 at noon EST. The Emerging Writer's Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. Read past winners of the contest here. We award publication, $2,000, review from Aevitas Creative Management, and a 1-year subscription for one winner in each of the three genres. =

Top Prize:

$2,000

Additional prizes:

Review from Aevitas Creative Management

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $30

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: May 01, 2024 (Expired)

AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Genres: Non-fiction

AWP sponsors the Award Series, an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike.

Top Prize:

$2,500

Additional prizes:

Publication by the University of Georgia Press

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $30

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: February 28, 2024 (Expired)

The Fountain Essay Contest

Fountain Magazine

Genres: Essay and Non-fiction

โ€œHomeโ€ holds a special place in our lives. Our earliest memories form inside its walls; we utter our first words and take our first steps there. Does everyone feel the same about home? Is it where you were born or where you earn your bread? Is home a physical place? In a world that moves faster than ever and is confined to small screens, how do perceptions about "home" change? Where is home for people who are forced to leave their homes? Where is your home?

Top Prize:

$1,000

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: June 30, 2024

Creative Nonfiction Prize

Indiana Review

Genres: Essay, Fiction, and Non-fiction

Send us one creative nonfiction piece, up to 5000 words, for a chance at $1000 + publication. This year's contest will be judged by Lars Horn.

Top Prize:

$1,000

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $20

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: March 31, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Horror, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Poetry, Science Fiction, Short Story, and Thriller

Our contest provides a First, Second, and Third prize for both prose and poetry. There are no themes or special requirements so just send us your best work. We recommend you read through previous editions or listen to the works and author interviews on our Story Discovery Podcast to get a sense of the range of creativity we enjoy.

Top Prize:

$500 + publication and author interview on Story Discovery podcast

Additional prizes:

2nd: $150 | 3rd: $75

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $12

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: May 05, 2024 (Expired)

J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize

Columbia Journalism School

Genres: Non-fiction

The J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, in the amount of $10,000, is given annually to a bookยญ-length work of narrative nonfiction on a topic of American political or social concern that exemplifies the literary grace, commitment to serious research and original reporting that characterized the distinguished work of the awardโ€™s namesake.

Top Prize:

$10,000

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $75

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: December 07, 2023 (Expired)

Genres: Essay, Non-fiction, and Travel

The Anthology Travel Writing Competition is open to original and previously unpublished travel articles in the English language by writers of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. We are looking for an engaging article that will capture the readerโ€™s attention, conveying a strong sense of the destination and the local culture. Max 1000 words.

Top Prize:

โ‚ฌ500

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $16

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: November 30, 2024

Genres: Crime, Essay, Fantasy, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Horror, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Novel, Novella, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, Science Writing, Short Story, Thriller, and Young Adult

Free to enter. Seeking 0-5000 word (poetry: 15 pgs) excerpts of unpublished books (Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction), including most self-published and indie-published works. 2-4 Winners (publication of extract is optional). We Shortlist 10-20 writers. Open to writers from anywhere in the world, with no theme or genre restrictions. Judged blind.

Top Prize:

$500

Additional prizes:

Optional Publication of Excerpt, Letter of Recommendation

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: May 01, 2024 (Expired)

Genres: Essay, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Memoir, Non-fiction, Poetry, Science Writing, and Short Story

The Brink Literary Journal Award for Hybrid Writing will be administered to the winner of a literary contest designed to champion innovative hybrid and cross-genre work.

Top Prize:

$1,000

Additional prizes:

Publication

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $22

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: February 16, 2024 (Expired)

The Iowa Review Awards

The Iowa Review

Genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, and Short Story

Each January since 2003, The Iowa Review has invited submissions to The Iowa Review Awards, a writing contest in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Winners receive $1,500; first runners-up receive $750. Winners and runners-up are published in each December issue.

Top Prize:

$1,500

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $20

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: January 31, 2024 (Expired)

The Pinch Literary Awards & Page Prize

The Pinch Literary Journal

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Short Story, and Non-fiction

The 2023 Pinch Literary Awards accepts poetry and fiction. The 2023 Page Prize accepts non-fiction.

Top Prize:

$2000 for poetry & fiction winners

Additional prizes:

$1000 for Page Prize winner

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $20

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: February 29, 2024 (Expired)

True Story Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

Genres: Non-fiction and Short Story

Share a true story about your life. Write about any event that happened in your life that you would like to share. Cash prize to the winner.

Top Prize:

$100

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $10

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: December 15, 2024

Genres: Essay, Memoir, and Non-fiction

This month, dear writers, ahead of COP27, help us raise the voices of young people in this urgent fight. In a piece of personal narrative, tell the worldโ€™s leaders gathering in how climate change impacts you. How has this crisis changed your environment, your community, your sense of the future? Storytelling, after all, plays a critical role in helping us grasp the emergency through which we are all living, igniting empathy in readers and listenersโ€”itself a precursor to action.

Top Prize:

$100

Additional prizes:

Runner-up: $50

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: October 18, 2022 (Expired)

Genres: Essay, Memoir, Non-fiction, Crime, Humor, and Science Writing

2-4 Winners are published. We Shortlist 10-20 writers. Seeking Nonfiction 0-5000 words. Judgesโ€™ feedback available. Open to writers from anywhere in the world, with no theme or genre restrictions. Judged blind. All entries considered for publication + submission to Pushcart.

Top Prize:

$500

Additional prizes:

Publication by The Letter Review

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $2

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: May 01, 2024 (Expired)

African Diaspora Awards 2024

Kinsman Avenue Publishing, Inc

Genres: Essay, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, and Short Story

Up to $1000 in cash prizes for the African Diaspora Award 2024. African-themed prose and poetry wanted. Top finalists are published in Kinsman Quarterlyโ€™s magazine and the anthology, โ€œBlack Butterfly: Voices of the African Diaspora.โ€

Top Prize:

$1,000

Additional prizes:

Publication in anthology, "Black Butterfly: Voices of the African Diaspora" and print and digital magazine

๐Ÿ’ฐ Entry fee: $25

๐Ÿ“… Deadline: June 30, 2024

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