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 University of Pittsburgh Press
Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a first poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length collection of poems may submit a manuscript...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award University of Iowa Press
Iowa Poetry Prize

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20 entry fee during the month of April. Call or visit the website for...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $20 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award University of Akron Press
Akron Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Maxine Chernoff will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 90 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 15...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/14
Sponsor and Award University of North Texas Press
Katherine Anne Porter Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 100 to 200 pages with...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/14
Sponsor and Award University of Pittsburgh Press
Drue Heinz Literature Prize

A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. The prize is open to writers who have published a book of fiction or a minimum of...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $15,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/14