Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

The Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that we’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere.

Sponsor and Award Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon
Sponsor and Award A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer. One finalist in each genre will receive $5,000. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or prose with a $35...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $50,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 11/1/12
Sponsor and Award Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Career Development Grants

Grants of up to $2,500 are given three times a year to allow Minnesota writers to take advantage of a specific arts opportunity. Poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are U.S....

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 11/16/12
Sponsor and Award Academy of American Poets 
Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living U.S. poet published in the United States during the previous year. A jury of three poets will select the winner. Publishers may...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 5/15/13
Sponsor and Award Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press
Poetry Chapbook Award

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press is given biennially for a poetry chapbook by a U.S. poet. Submit a manuscript of 10 to 20 pages with a $25 entry fee by May 31. Visit...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 5/31/13
Sponsor and Award Autumn House Press
Book Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner also receives a $1,500...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/30/13
Sponsor and Award Arcadia
Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Arcadia, and 25 author copies will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit a manuscript of 15 to 40...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 8/15/13