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 Four Way Books
Levis Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given biennially to a U.S. poet for a poetry collection. The winner will also be invited to participate in a reading in New York City. James...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication, Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 3/31/13
Sponsor and Award Fiscal Press
Henry Hazlitt Contest for Business Fiction

A prize of $500 and a $2,000 advance against royalties for publication by Fiscal Press will be given annually for a novel on the theme of business or entrepreneurship. The editors will judge. Using the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 4/30/13
Sponsor and Award Finishing Line Press
Open Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive a standard royalty contract for a Kindle edition of the winning chapbook....

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/30/13
Sponsor and Award Foundation for Jewish Culture
Goldberg Prize for Outstanding Debut Fiction

A prize of $2,500, administered by the Jewish Book Council, will be given annually for a debut work of fiction by a U.S. writer published during the current year that explores Jewish themes. The winner...

Entry Fee $125 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 10/7/13
Sponsor and Award Fiction Collective Two
Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a short story collection, a novella or novella collection, or a novel. U.S. writers who have not previously published...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/10/13
Sponsor and Award Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown
Writing Fellowships

Fellowships for a seven-month residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, are given annually to 10 poets and fiction writers. Each fellowship includes a private apartment and a...

Entry Fee $45 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize Prize includes Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 12/1/13

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by Kevin Larimer

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Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.

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by Michael Szczerban

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Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

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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