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 Deadline
Sponsor and Award Carve Magazine
Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Carve Magazine is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic submissions) by May 15. Visit...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Award Creative Nonfiction
Essay Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction is given quarterly for an essay. The theme for the Winter 2017 issue is "Joy." The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,000 words...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/16/16
Sponsor and Award Carolina Wren Press
Doris Bakwin Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a short story collection, a novel, or a memoir by a woman. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award Crook's Corner Book Prize Foundation
Book Prize

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a debut novel set in the American South. The winner is also entitled to receive a free glass of wine every day for a year at Crook's Corner Café and Bar in Chapel...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem that has not won a national competition. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages with a $15 entry fee by June 20. Visit the website for...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/20/16
Sponsor and Award Coffee-House Poetry
Troubadour International Poetry Prize

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $7,150) is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,430) is also given. Both winners receive publication on the Coffee-House Poetry...

Entry Fee $8 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $7,150 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 6/21/16
Sponsor and Award Cider Press Review
Editors' Prize Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award Comstock Review
Muriel Craft Bailey Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a poem. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit a poem of up to 40 lines with a $5 entry fee by July 1. Visit the website for...

Entry Fee $5 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/1/16
Sponsor and Award Claremont Graduate University
Tufts Poetry Awards

The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner spends one week in residence at Claremont Graduate University in California. The...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $100,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 7/1/16
Sponsor and Award Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
First Book Award
A prize of $2,500, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually for a poetry collection. U.S....
Entry Fee $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 7/8/16