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 Barnard College
Women Poets Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Norton is given biennially for a second poetry collection. The prize is open to U.S. women poets who have already published a book-length poetry collection in an...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 10/15/12
Sponsor and Award Burnside Review
Poetry Book Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Burnside Review Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 64...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/15/12
Sponsor and Award Booktrust
BBC National Short Story Award

A prize of £15,000 (approximately $19,790) is given annually for a short story by an author with a prior record of publication in the U.K. A second-place prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,957) is also...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $19,790 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/11/13
Sponsor and Award Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Ernest J. Gaines Award

A prize of $10,000 is given annually to an African American author for a book of fiction published during the previous year. Thomas Beller, Anthony Grooms, Phillip Lopate, Francine Prose, and Patricia...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 4/30/13
Sponsor and Award Bear Deluxe Magazine
Doug Fir Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000, publication in Bear Deluxe Magazine, and a residency of up to 14 weeks at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon is given annually for a short story relating to the...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication, Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 9/3/13
Sponsor and Award Bronx Council on the Arts
BRIO Awards

Grants of $3,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who reside in the Bronx in New York City. Winners must complete a one-time public service activity....

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/14

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Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.

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