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 Crab Orchard Review
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a single poem of up to...

Entry Fee $23 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/21/14
Sponsor and Award Omnidawn Publishing
Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Kazim Ali will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 40 pages with an $18 entry fee by...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/22/14
Sponsor and Award Sixfold
Poetry and Short Story Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than...

Entry Fee $3 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/23/14
Sponsor and Award Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Fellowships and Grants

Individual Artist Fellowships of $5,000 are given annually to Minnesota writers, and Career Development Grants of up to $3,000 are given twice a year to Minnesota writers to pursue a specific arts...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/25/14
Sponsor and Award Ashland Poetry Press
Richard Snyder Publication Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ashland Poetry Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Ashland University. Angie Estes...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award The Ledge
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Ledge is given annually for a poem. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $15 entry fee ($4 for each additional poem) by April 30. All entries...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Marsh Hawk Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Brenda Hillman will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 30. Send an...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Nimrod International Journal
Nimrod Literary Awards

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for works of poetry and short fiction. The winners also receive transportation and lodging to attend...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award University of Pittsburgh Press
Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a first poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length collection of poems may submit a manuscript...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award University of Iowa Press
Iowa Poetry Prize

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20 entry fee during the month of April. Call or visit the website for...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $20 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Tupelo Press
First/Second Book Award

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee by April 30. All entries are...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Noemi Press
Book Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Noemi Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a novel or short story collection. The editors will judge. Submit up to 70 pages of poetry or a...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Late Night Library
Debut-litzer Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of fiction published in the previous year. The winners will also be featured on the Late Night Library podcast series. Authors...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Rubery Book Award
International Rubery Book Award

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,635) will be given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction that is self-published or published by an independent press. The winning book will...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,635 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Trio House Press
First/Second Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The winner is also asked to serve as a part-time volunteer for Trio...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Trio House Press
Louise Bogan Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also asked to serve as a part-time volunteer for Trio House Press for two...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Wick Poetry Center
Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,500 and publication by Kent State University Press is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winner also gives a reading at Kent State University with the judge, who this year is...
Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 5/1/14
Sponsor and Award Ruminate Magazine
Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate Magazine is given annually for a poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to two poems of no more than 40 lines each with a $20 entry fee...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/14
Sponsor and Award Sow's Ear Press
Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Sow's Ear Press with distribution to Sow's Ear Poetry Review subscribers is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also receives 25 author copies....

Entry Fee $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/14
Sponsor and Award Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships

A fellowship of $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine 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 5/2/14
Sponsor and Award Academy of American Poets
James Laughlin Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a U.S. poet. Copies of the winning book are purchased and distributed to approximately 5,000 members of the Academy of American Poets. U...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/15/14
Sponsor and Award Lost Horse Press
Idaho Prize for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Lost Horse Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. Dorianne Laux will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee ($27....
Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/14
Sponsor and Award National Book Foundation
National Book Awards
Three prizes of $10,000 each are awarded annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United States during the...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/15/14
Sponsor and Award Leeway Foundation
Transformation Awards
Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and Two-Spirit poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia area who have been...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $15,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/15/14
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 5/15/14