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 Hill-Stead Museum
Sunken Garden Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hill-Stead Museum is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at Hill-Stead in...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication, Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 12/1/12
Sponsor and Award Hub City Press
New Southern Voices Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hub City Press will be given biennially for a poetry collection. U.S. poets who have published no more than one book of poems and who have lived in Alabama, Arkansas...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 4/1/13
Sponsor and Award Hudson Valley Writers’ Center
Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Slapering Hol Press is given annually for a first poetry chapbook. Poets who have not published a book or a chapbook of poems are eligible. Submit a manuscript of 16...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 5/15/13
Sponsor and Award Hunger Mountain
Creative Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Hunger Mountain website is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Submit a manuscript of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by September...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/10/13
Sponsor and Award Hackney Literary Awards
Novel Contest

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 9/30/13
Sponsor and Award Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute Fellowships

Fellowships of $70,000 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $70,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 10/1/13