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 Feesort icon Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Award Formalist
Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry is given annually for a sonnet. Gail White will judge. Submit a sonnet with a $3 entry fee by November 15. Send an SASE or...

Entry Feesort icon $3 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/15/15
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 also receives a standard royalty contract for a Kindle edition of the winning chapbook. Submit a...
Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award Farmingdale State College
Paumanok Poetry Award

A prize of $1,500 and travel and lodging expenses to give a reading at Farmingdale State College is given annually for a group of poems. Submit three to five published or unpublished poems totaling no...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 9/15/15
Sponsor and Award Fresno State University
Philip Levine Prize in Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives $500 and lodging to give a reading at Fresno State. C. G....

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award Fiction Collective Two
Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a short story collection, novella, novella collection, or novel. U.S....

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $15,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award Fiction Collective Two
Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest

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

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/15