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 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 Alice James Books
Kinereth Gensler Awards

At least one prize of $2,000, publication by Alice James Books, and a cooperative membership is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet living in New England, New York State, or New Jersey....

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 10/1/13
Sponsor and Award Alligator Juniper
National Writing Contest

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Alligator Juniper are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems or a story or essay of up to 30 pages with a...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 10/1/13
Sponsor and Award Alice James Books
Beatrice Hawley Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet residing in the United States. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee ($30...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/1/13

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