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 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). Prizes are also given for a first book of fiction and a...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline 12/22/14
Sponsor and Award Poetry Society of America
Robert H. Winner Memorial Award

A prize of $2,500 and publication of one 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 to 15 pages of...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/22/14
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 12/22/14
Sponsor and Award Before Columbus Foundation
American Book Awards
Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year that make contributions to American multicultural literature. Submit two copies of a book or galley published in...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/14
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 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women

Grants of up to $1,500 are given twice yearly to feminist writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants will be awarded to fiction writers. Using the online...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/14
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 2014 by authors residing west of the Mississippi River. The winners will also...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Tupelo Press
Dorset Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages with a $28 entry fee by December 31. All entries are considered for...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
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 The Frost Place
Dartmouth Poet-in-Residence Award

A prize of $2,000 and a six- to eight-week residency at Robert Frost's former home in Franconia, New Hampshire, is given annually to a poet who has published at least one poetry collection. The winner is...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Reading, Residency Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award The Moth
Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

A prize of €10,000 (approximately $13,387) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a poem. Three runner-up prizes of €1,000 (approximately $1,339) each are also given. The winners will...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $13,387 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Schaffner Press
Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that "deals in some way with the...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award The Frost Place
Chapbook Competition

A prize of $250, publication by Bull City Press, 10 author copies, and a fellowship to attend the Frost Place Poetry Seminar (valued at $1,450) is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $250 Prize includes Publication, Fellowship, Residency Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry
Griffin Poetry Prize

Two prizes of $65,000 Canadian (approximately $59,506) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator. Tim Bowling, Fanny Howe...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $65,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Society of Classical Poets
Poetry Competition

A prize of $500 is given annually for a group of three to five poems on a theme. For this year's contest, one poem must address either the struggles of the Chinese people under communism or the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/14
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 1/1/15
Sponsor and Award Gemini Magazine
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $5 entry fee by January 2, 2015....

Entry Fee $5 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/2/15
Sponsor and Award Spark
Writing Contest

A prize of $500 and publication in Spark: A Creative Anthology is given quarterly for a poem, a short story, or a personal essay on a theme. The winner also receives a lifetime membership to...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/4/15
Sponsor and Award Colorado Review
Colorado Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Colorado State University employees, students, and alumni are ineligible. Laura...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/14/15
Sponsor and Award BkMk Press
Ciardi/Chandra Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 110 pages of poetry or 125 to 300 pages of...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/15/15
Sponsor and Award Asheville Poetry Review
William Matthews Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to read at Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina. Garrett...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/15/15
Sponsor and Award University of Mississippi
Summer Poet-in-Residence Award

A one-month residency, which includes a $3,000 honorarium, is given annually to a poet who is working on a manuscript to live and work in Oxford, Mississippi, near the University of Mississippi campus....

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Reading, Residency Application Deadline 1/15/15
Sponsor and Award Third Coast
Poetry and Fiction Contest

Two awards of $1,000 each and publication in Third Coast are given annually for a poem and a short story. Ralph Angel will judge the Third Coast Poetry Prize, and Stuart Dybek will judge the...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/15/15
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 Deadline 1/15/15
Sponsor and Award Fourteen Hills
Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award

A prize of $500 and publication in Fourteen Hills is given annually for a single poem. Chet Wiener will judge. Using the online submission system, submit 3 to 10 pages of poetry by January 15....

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/15/15