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 Library of Virginia
Literary Awards

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

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/12/16
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 book of poetry translated from any language into English and published in the United States during the previous year. Collaborations by more...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/15/16
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 Beacon Press, Ecco,...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/16
Sponsor and Award Academy of American Poets
Raiziss/de Palchi Book Prize

A prize of $10,000 is given biennially to a U.S. translator for a book of modern Italian poetry translated into English. Translations of work written in standard (non-dialect) Italian by living...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/15/16
Sponsor and Award Orison Books
Prizes in Poetry and Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by Orison Books will be given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. Hadara Bar-Nadav will judge in poetry and Peter Orner will judge in fiction...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/16
Sponsor and Award Kentucky Arts Council
Artist Fellowships and Awards

Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships of $7,500 each are given biennially to Kentucky poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Emerging Artist Awards of $1,000 each are also given...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $7,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/16/16
Sponsor and Award Sustainable Arts Foundation
Writing Awards

Up to five awards of $6,000 each and up to five Promise Awards of $2,000 each are given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $6,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/26/16
Sponsor and Award Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Award Series

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by a...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/16
Sponsor and Award University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships

An academic year in residence, which includes a prize of $3,000 and a stipend of $27,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to six writers working on a first or second...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Reading, Workshop, Residency Application Deadline 2/29/16
Sponsor and Award Tupelo Press
Snowbound Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 29. All entries are considered for...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/29/16
Sponsor and Award Atlanta Review
International Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Atlanta Review is given annually for a poem. Dan Veach will judge. Submit a poem of any length by mail with a $5 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem), or...

Entry Fee $5 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award Ahsahta Press
Sawtooth Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500, publication by Ahsahta Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Boise State University are ineligible. Anne Boyer will...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award Binghamton University
Book Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry collection of at least 48 pages....

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award PEN Northwest
Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency

A seven-month residency from April to October, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer to live and work at the Dutch Henry...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award Lake Forest College
Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency

A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at Lake Forest College is given...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication, Residency Application Deadline 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award 42 Miles Press
42 Miles Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by 42 Miles Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Indiana University in South Bend are ineligible. David...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award Mississippi Arts Commission
Literary Artist Fellowships

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in poetry and fiction....

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award Leeway Foundation
Art and Change Grants

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly by the Leeway Foundation to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award Alabama State Council on the Arts
Individual Artist Grants

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using the online submission system...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award Broadside Lotus Press
Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award

A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript between 60 to 90 pages between January 2...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award Hunger Mountain
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Hunger Mountain are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Lee Upton will judge in poetry, Janet Burroway will judge in fiction,...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award Salem State University
Claire Keyes Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East will be given annually for a group of poems. Submit 8 to 10 pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page) with a $10 entry fee, which...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award Persea Books
Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published at least one book of poetry. The winner also receives up to $1,000 for travel...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/5/16
Sponsor and Award National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships

Grants of $25,000 each are awarded in alternating years to poets and prose writers. This year grants will be awarded to poets. Poets who have published either a full-length collection of poetry of at...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/9/16
Sponsor and Award Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation
Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poem. Edward Hirsch will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March 15. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the...
Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/15/16