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 Tennessee Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships

Up to three grants of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are financially compensated for their work as professional artists and are current...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/26/15
Sponsor and Award Bronx Council on the Arts
BRIO Artist Awards

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 one-time public service activity as...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 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 Iowa Review
Iowa Review Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Srikanth Reddy will judge in poetry, Kevin Brockmeier will...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Main Street Rag
Poetry Book Award

A prize of $1,200, publication by Main Street Rag, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors and previous winners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,200 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award A Room of Her Own Foundation
Orlando Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by women writers. Submit a poem of no more...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Writers at Work
Fellowship Competition

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or a novel excerpt, and an essay. The winners will also be published in Quarterly West and will receive tuition...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine
Hippocrates Prize Open International Award

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $7,856) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology is given annually for a poem on a medical theme. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,571) is also...

Entry Fee $11 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $7,856 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Crazyhorse
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Alberto Ros will judge in poetry; Adam Johnson will judge in fiction;...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Winter Anthology
Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a single story or essay, or a full-length novel, novella, or collection of poetry, short stories, or...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Balcones Center for Creative Writing
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three copies of a book published in 2014 (...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Milkweed Editions
Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet currently residing in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. Submit a book-...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Robert Frost Foundation
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem written in the spirit of Robert Frost. Submit two copies of up to three poems totaling no more than three pages with a $12 entry fee per poem by February 1...

Entry Fee $12 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/1/15
Sponsor and Award Virginia Commonwealth University
Levis Reading Prize
A prize of $2,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry published during the previous year. Faculty of the MFA program in...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 2/1/15
Sponsor and Award Passaic County Community College
Paterson Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet must participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading at the Poetry Center in Paterson, New...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 2/1/15
Sponsor and Award Stadler Center for Poetry
Philip Roth Residencies

Two four-month residencies, each of which include a $4,000 stipend, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given in alternating years to poets, fiction writers, and creative...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $4,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/1/15
Sponsor and Award Malahat Review
Long Poem Prize

Two prizes of $1,000 Canadian (approximately $879) each and publication in Malahat Review will be given biennially for a single long poem. Evan Jones, Anita Lahey, and Alice Major will judge....

Entry Fee $40 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/1/15
Sponsor and Award Southern Illinois University
Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in October 2015 are given annually...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 2/2/15
Sponsor and Award Southern Indiana Review
Michael Waters Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 80 pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page)...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/2/15
Sponsor and Award Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission
United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies

Up to five residencies of three to five months, each of which include a monthly stipend of $20,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support, are awarded annually to published U.S. poets,...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $20,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/2/15
Sponsor and Award Library of Virginia
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year. Books by writers who were born in or are...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/12/15
Sponsor and Award Academy of American Poets
Harold Morton Landon Translation Award
A prize of $1,000 is given annually to a U.S. citizen for a translation of a book of poetry from any language into English published in the United States during the previous year. Collaborations by two...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/15/15
Sponsor and Award Brown University
International Writers Project Fellowship

A fellowship, including a stipend of $45,000, is given annually to an established international poet or fiction writer "who is unable to practice free expression in his or her homeland." The fellowship...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $45,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/15/15
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 Sarabande Books
Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages...

Entry Fee $27 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/15