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 Anhinga Press
Anhinga–Robert Dana Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to participate in a reading tour at select colleges in Florida...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 5/30/16
Sponsor and Award Oberlin College Press
FIELD Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Oberlin College Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee, which...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Award River Styx
International Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a poem. Heather McHugh will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 14 pages with a $10 entry fee, which...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Award Southern Poetry Review
Guy Owen Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit three to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Award Bridport Arts Centre
Bridport Prize

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $7,150) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. Two second-place prizes of £1,000 (approximately $1,430)...

Entry Fee $13 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $7,150 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Award Backwaters Press
Backwaters Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Backwaters Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Henri Cole will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 60 to 85 pages with a $...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Award Munster Literature Center
Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,110) and publication by the Munster Literature Center will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 16 to 24 pages with a €25 entry fee (...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,110 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Award Boston Review
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Boulevard
Emerging Poets Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed press. The editors will...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Iowa Review
Jeff Sharlet Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Iowa Review is given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a U.S. military veteran or an active duty service member. A second-...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Writer's Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in New York City to meet one-on-one with four agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay....

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Southern Humanities Review
Auburn Witness Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Humanities Review is given annually for a poem of witness in honor of the late poet Jake Adam York. The winner also receives travel expenses to read...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
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. Allison Joseph will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 90...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award American-Scandinavian Foundation
Translation Prizes
A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction written in a Nordic language...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award Towson University
Prize for Literature

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a current resident of Maryland who has lived in the state for at least three years. Books published within the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year. For...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award Bitter Oleander Press
Library of Poetry Book Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee between May 1 and June 15. Send an SASE, e...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award The Writer's Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receive a $250...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $250 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 6/17/16
Sponsor and Award Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem that has not won a national competition. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages with a $15 entry fee by June 20. Visit the website for...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/20/16
Sponsor and Award Coffee-House Poetry
Troubadour International Poetry Prize

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $7,150) is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,430) is also given. Both winners receive publication on the Coffee-House Poetry...

Entry Fee $8 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $7,150 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 6/21/16
Sponsor and Award Mexico
FIL Prize in Romance Languages
A prize of $150,000 is given annually to honor a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who writes in Catalan, French, Galician, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, or Spanish. The prize is...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $150,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/22/16
Sponsor and Award Literary Arts
Oregon Literary Fellowships
Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. One Women Writers Fellowship and one Writer...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/24/16
Sponsor and Award Barrow Street Press
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Elaine Equi will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28 for electronic...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award Omnidawn Publishing
First/Second Book Prize

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Cathy Park Hong will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages...

Entry Fee $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award Parlor Press
New Measure Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Parlor Press in the Free Verse Editions series is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 54 pages...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16