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 Jewish Currents
Raynes Prize for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a single poem on the theme of "union." The work of the winning poet and 36 finalists will also be published in a...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/14
Sponsor and Award Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission
United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies

Up to five three-month residencies, each of which includes a stipend of $20,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support, are awarded annually to published U.S. poets, fiction writers, and...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $20,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/14
Sponsor and Award James Jones Literary Society
First Novel Fellowship

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work is published in Provincetown Arts, and the winner...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 3/1/14
Sponsor and Award Journal of Experimental Fiction
Kenneth Patchen Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction/Depth Charge Publishing is given annually for an innovative novel. James Chapman will judge. Submit a manuscript of any...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 7/31/14
Sponsor and Award John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Writing Fellowships

Guggenheim Fellowships of approx- imately $50,000 each are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise. Residents of...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $50,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 9/19/14
Sponsor and Award Jewish Currents
Raynes Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a single poem on the theme of "World to Come." The work of the winning poet and 36 finalists will also be published in...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/15

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