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 Tony Quagliano International Poetry Fund
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 will be given biennially to an experimental or avant-garde poet. Poets who have published at least one book or 20 poems in five or more journals or anthologies may submit four copies of...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/1/11
Sponsor and Award The Writer’s Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the center receive a $250 honorarium each, and others receive...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $250 Prize includes Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 4/12/13
Sponsor and Award Teachers & Writers Collaborative
Bechtel Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Teachers & Writers Magazine is given annually for an essay that relates to creative writing education or literary studies. Susan Orlean will judge....

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 7/1/13
Sponsor and Award Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas is given annually for a group of poems. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the 2013 Tennessee Williams/New...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 8/15/13
Sponsor and Award Tucson Festival of Books
Literary awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each will be given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay, or an excerpt from a novel or memoir. Each winner will also be invited to take part in a panel...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Workshop Application Deadlinesort icon 10/31/13
Sponsor and Award Truman State University Press
T. S. Eliot Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Truman State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Send an SASE, call...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 10/31/13