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 Morehead State University
Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by an Appalachian writer. Authors and publishers may submit four copies of a book of poetry or prose by December...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/2/16
Sponsor and Award National Endowment for the Arts
Translation Fellowships

Grants of $12,500 and $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in collaboration, at least 20 pages of...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $12,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/6/16
Sponsor and Award Publishing Triangle
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction from an LGBT point of view and a first book of fiction by an LGBT author. Two prizes of $1,000 each are also given for books of creative...

Entry Fee $40 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/6/16
Sponsor and Award Bronx Council on the Arts
BRIO Artist Awards for Excellence

Grants of $3,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who reside in the Bronx in New York City. Winners must complete a public service activity as part of...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/9/16
Sponsor and Award Gival Press
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Gival Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 45 pages with a $20 entry fee by December 15. Send an SASE,...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/15/16
Sponsor and Award Center for Book Arts
Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive an additional $500 to give a reading at the Center for Book...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 12/15/16
Sponsor and Award Willow Books
Literature Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by writers of color. Using the online submission system,...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/15/16
Sponsor and Award Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Literary Awards

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African American writer published in...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/16/16
Sponsor and Award Quercus Review Press
Poetry Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Quercus Review Press, and 15 author copies is given twice yearly for a poetry collection. Dana Koster will judge the Fall Poetry Book Award. Submit a manuscript of up to...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/16/16
Sponsor and Award Codhill Press
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Pauline Uchmanowicz will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $30 entry fee...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/20/16
Sponsor and Award Poetry Society of America
Robert H. Winner Memorial Award

A prize of $2,500 and publication of a poem on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Submit two copies of 10 pages of poetry...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/22/16
Sponsor and Award Poetry Society of America
Chapbook Fellowships

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Poetry Society of America are given annually for poetry chapbooks by poets who have not published a full-length collection. Two fellowships are given to...

Entry Fee $12 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/22/16
Sponsor and Award Commonwealth Club of California
California Book Awards

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. Prizes are also given...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline 12/23/16
Sponsor and Award Before Columbus Foundation
American Book Awards
Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize "outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America's diverse literary community."...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Cleveland Foundation
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that "contribute to our understanding of racism...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award PEN Center USA
Literary Awards

Prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation published in the previous year by authors residing west of the Mississippi River. The winners...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Tupelo Press
Dorset Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art valued at $1,500...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award The Moth
Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

A prize of €10,000 (approximately $11,200) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a poem. Three runner-up prizes of €1,000 (approximately $1,120) each are also given. The winners will...

Entry Fee $13 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $11,200 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry
Griffin Poetry Prize

Two prizes of $65,000 Canadian (approximately $50,000) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator. Sue Goyette, Joan...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $65,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Society of Classical Poets
Poetry Competition

A prize of $500 and publication on the Society of Classical Poets website is given annually for a group of three to five poems on a theme. One poem must address human rights in China, terrorism, or the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Omnidawn Publishing
Open Poetry Book Contest

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Terrance Hayes will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages with a $27 entry...

Entry Fee $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Lascaux Review
Book Prize

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a novel published during the previous two years. Submit a book published in 2015 or 2016 with a $25 entry fee by December 31....

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Crosswinds
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Crosswinds will be given annually for a poem. Lisa Starr will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length with a $20...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Mississippi Review
Mississippi Review Prize

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Current or former University of Southern Mississippi students are ineligible....

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/1/17
Sponsor and Award WOMR/WFMR Community Radio
Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than seven pages with a $15 entry fee by January 2, 2017. Visit the website for complete...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/2/17