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 Manchester Metropolitan University
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of £10,000 (approximately $16,592) each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Submit three to five poems, totaling no more than 120 lines, or a story of up to 2,500 words...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $16,592 Prize includes Application Deadline 8/29/14
Sponsor and Award Off the Grid Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Off the Grid Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet over the age of 60. Tam Lin Neville and Bert Stern will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 70...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/31/14
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Douglas Kearney will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 96 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. Call or...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/31/14
Sponsor and Award Utica College
Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a resident of upstate New York. The winner must also give a reading and teach a master class at Utica College. Submit two copies of a book...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 8/31/14
Sponsor and Award Snake Nation Press
Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 75 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. E-mail or visit the website...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/31/14
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 $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $6,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 8/31/14
Sponsor and Award Wag's Revue
Summer Writers' Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Wag's Revue is given twice yearly for a poem or group of poems, a short story, or an essay. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system,...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/31/14
Sponsor and Award Gulf Coast
Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a piece of short prose. Amy Hempel will judge. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to 500...

Entry Fee $17 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/31/14
Sponsor and Award Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Winners and finalists are invited to read their poems at Beyond Baroque in October. Submit up to four poems of no more than 40 lines each with a $20 entry...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 9/1/14
Sponsor and Award Black Warrior Review
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Richard Siken will judge in poetry, Lily Hoang will judge in...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/1/14
Sponsor and Award Slippery Elm
Poetry and Prose Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Jeff Gundy will judge in poetry, and David James Poissant will judge in prose...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/1/14
Sponsor and Award phren-Z
Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest

Sponsored in collaboration with Santa Cruz Writes, a prize of $1,000 and publication in phren-Z is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at the fifth annual...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 9/1/14
Sponsor and Award Dogwood
Literary Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Dogwood is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 22 pages of prose with a $...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/5/14
Sponsor and Award University of Wisconsin Press
Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Wisconsin Press are given annually for poetry collections. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 90 pages with a $25 entry fee by September 15. Send an...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/15/14
Sponsor and Award Les Figues Press
NOS Book Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press is given annually for an innovative book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Cross-genre collections are also eligible. Fanny Howe will judge...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/15/14
Sponsor and Award Farmingdale State College
Paumanok Poetry Award

A prize of $1,500 and travel and lodging expenses to give a reading at Farmingdale State College is given annually for a group of poems. Submit three to five published or unpublished poems totaling no...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 9/15/14
Sponsor and Award Red Mountain Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Mountain Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $30 entry fee ($27 for electronic submissions) by September...

Entry Fee $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/15/14
Sponsor and Award John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Writing Fellowships

Guggenheim Fellowships of approx- imately $50,000 each are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise. Residents of...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $50,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 9/19/14
Sponsor and Award Lascaux Review
Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Lascaux Review will be given annually for a poem. Submit up to five poems of any length with a $10 entry fee by September 23. Previously published poems...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/23/14
Sponsor and Award New York Public Library
Cullman Center Fellowships

Up to 15 fellowships will be given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the New York Public...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $70,000 Prize includes Office, library access Application Deadline 9/26/14
Sponsor and Award American Academy in Berlin
Berlin Prize Fellowships

Approximately 24 residential fellowships are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to spend an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 9/29/14
Sponsor and Award California State University
Philip Levine Prize in Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Peter Everwine will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/14
Sponsor and Award University of Massachusetts Press
Juniper Prizes

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. In poetry, the award alternates yearly between first and...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/14
Sponsor and Award New Criterion
Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by St. Augustine's Press is given annually for a poetry collection that pays close attention to form. Roger Kimball, Alan Shapiro, and David Yezzi will judge. Submit a...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/14
Sponsor and Award New Issues Poetry & Prose
Green Rose Prize
A prize of $2,000 and publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose is given annually for a poetry collection. Poets who have published at least one book-length collection of poetry are eligible. Submit a...
Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/14