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 Sixfold
Short Story and Poetry 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 10/24/14
Sponsor and Award American Poetry Review
Honickman First Book Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by American Poetry Review is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winning book is distributed by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium. C. D....

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Ohio University Press
Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Ohio University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 95 pages with a $30 entry fee by October 31. Call or visit the website...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Persea Books
Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a first poetry collection by a woman who is a U.S. citizen. The winner also receives a six-week, all-expenses-paid residency at the...
Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Truman State University Press
T. S. Eliot Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Truman State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Send an SASE, call...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Career Development Grants

Grants of up to $3,000 are given twice yearly to allow Minnesota writers to take advantage of a specific arts opportunity. Poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are U.S. citizens...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Poetry Society of the United Kingdom
National Poetry Competition

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $8,429) and publication in Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in the U.K. A second-...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $8,429 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Dana Awards
Dana Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and a novel or novel-in-progress. Submit five poems of no more than 100 lines each with a $15 entry fee, a short story...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Elixir Press
Poetry Awards

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. A second prize of $1,500 and publication is also awarded. Sarah Kennedy will judge. Submit a manuscript of at...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award North American Review
James Hearst Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in North American Review is given annually for a poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award University of North Texas Press
Vassar Miller Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Morri Creech will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Tupelo Press
Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize

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 $24 entry fee by October 31. Send an SASE or visit the website for...

Entry Fee $24 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Wild Leaf Press
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Wild Leaf Press Poetry Annual 2014 will be given biennially for a single poem. Baron Wormser will judge. Submit a poem of up to 120 lines with a $25...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Academy of American Poets
Walt Whitman Award

A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen who has not...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication, Residency Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award American-Scandinavian Foundation
Writing Fellowships and Grants

Fellowships of up to $23,000 and grants of up to $5,000 are given annually to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators for study and research in Scandinavia. For travel in...

Entry Fee $60 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $23,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award Briar Cliff Review
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three poems or up to 5,000 words of...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award Brick Road Poetry Press
Book Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Brick Road Poetry Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Keith Badowski and Ron Self will judge. Using the online submission system,...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award Reed Magazine
Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $15 entry fee, which...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award Autumn House Press
Poetry Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Autumn House Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winning work will also appear in Coal Hill Review online. Michael Simms will judge. Submit a...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award Mid-American Review
Poetry and Fiction Contests

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mid-American Review are given annually for a single poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems for the James Wright Poetry Award or a short...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award Sow's Ear Poetry Review
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sow's Ear Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. John Brehm will judge. Submit up to five poems with a $27 entry fee, which includes a subscription to...

Entry Fee $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award Washington Writers' Publishing House
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or a novel. Writers who live in Washington, D.C...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award Alice James Books
Alice James Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet residing in the United States. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $30 entry fee by...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award New Rivers Press
Many Voices Project Competition

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an emerging writer. The winning works are published by New Rivers Press and...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award San Miguel Writers' Conference
Writing Contest

Three prizes valued at approximately $1,000 each will be given annually for a group of poems, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay or memoir excerpt. The prize includes full tuition, lodging, an...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Conference Registration Application Deadline 11/2/14

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