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 New American Press
New American Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by New American Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Maggie Smith will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with...

Entry Fee $23 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award North Carolina Writers' Network
Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story. The winning story is considered for publication in Thomas Wolfe Review. Submit two copies of a story of up to 12 pages with a $25 entry fee...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/30/15
Sponsor and Award New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given for a poem, a work of fiction, a work of short short fiction, and a work of nonfiction (including creative...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Northern Colorado Writers
Top of the Mountain Book Award

Two prizes of $1,000 each will be given annually for a novel and a book of creative nonfiction. The manuscript does not need to be completed at the time of entry, but the estimated word count of the...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/1/15
Sponsor and Award National Poetry Series
Open Competition

Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers currently include Fence Books,...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/15
Sponsor and Award National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships

Grants of $25,000 each are awarded annually to poets or prose writers in alternating years. This year grants will be awarded to prose writers. Fiction and creative nonfiction writers who have published...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/11/15