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 Creative Capital
Artist Grants

Grants of up to $50,000 are offered triennially to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers also receive advisory and development services from Creative Capital. United States...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $50,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 3/1/12
Sponsor and Award Codhill Press
Poetry Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000, 50 author copies, and publication by Codhill Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Pauline Uchmanowicz will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 30 pages with a $25 entry fee...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/10/12
Sponsor and Award Colorado Review
Colorado Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Stephen Burt will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee,...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/14/13
Sponsor and Award Center for Fiction
Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a first novel published in the United States during the current year. Finalists receive $1,000 each. Publishers may submit eight copies of a novel published in 2013...
Entry Fee $50 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 3/15/13
Sponsor and Award Campbell Corner
Poetry Contest

A prize of $3,000 and publication on the Campbell Corner website is given annually for a group of poems that "treat larger transpersonal themes with lyric intensity." The winning writer is also invited...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/15/13
Sponsor and Award Carolina Wren Press
Poetry Series

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a first or second book of poetry. Using the online submissions system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $20...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/31/13

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