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 University of Massachusetts Press
Juniper Prizes
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a novel or novella. The...
Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/16
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. Erica Dawson, Roger Kimball, and David Yezzi will judge. Submit a...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/16
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 full-length collection of poetry are eligible. Submit a...
Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/16
Sponsor and Award Southwest Review
Morton Marr Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a poem or a group of poems by a writer who has not published a poetry collection. Submit up to six poems in a...

Entry Fee $5 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/16
Sponsor and Award University of Arkansas Press
Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Billy Collins will judge. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 90 pages with a $28 entry fee by...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/16
Sponsor and Award Winning Writers
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a poem in any style and a poem that either rhymes or is written in a traditional style. Soma Mei Sheng...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/16
Sponsor and Award American Academy in Berlin
Berlin Prize Fellowships

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

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 9/30/16
Sponsor and Award Lascaux Review
Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a poem. The winner and finalists will also be published in the 2017 Lascaux Prize Anthology. Submit up to five...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/16
Sponsor and Award New York Public Library
Cullman Center Fellowships

Up to 15 fellowships are 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 Library...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $70,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 9/30/16
Sponsor and Award California State University in Fresno
Philip Levine 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 also receives $500 and lodging to give a reading at California State University...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 9/30/16
Sponsor and Award Cave Canem Foundation
Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize

A prize valued at approximately $2,500 will be given annually for a poetry chapbook by a black poet. The winner will receive $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books, and travel and lodging expenses to attend...

Entry Fee $12 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 9/30/16
Sponsor and Award Mad River Books
Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Mad River Books, the literary trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a poetry collection. Kathy Fagan will judge. Using the online...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/16
Sponsor and Award American Literary Review
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems,...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/16
Sponsor and Award Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

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

Entry Fee $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 10/1/16
Sponsor and Award Los Angeles Review
Literary Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Julie Marie Wade will judge in poetry, Amy...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/16
Sponsor and Award Carlow University
Patricia Dobler Poetry Award

A prize valued at $2,000 is given annually to a woman poet over 40 who has not published a book in any genre. The winner receives $1,000; publication in Voices From the Attic, Carlow University'...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 10/1/16
Sponsor and Award Missouri Review
Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize

Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or up to 8,500 words of prose...

Entry Fee $22 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/16
Sponsor and Award Southern Indiana Review
Mary C. Mohr Award

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Southern Indiana Review are given annually for a poem and a work of fiction. Jericho Brown will judge in poetry, and Adam Johnson will judge in...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/3/16
Sponsor and Award American Antiquarian Society
Fellowships for Creative Writers

At least three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for four-week residencies at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) in Worcester, Massachusetts,...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline 10/5/16
Sponsor and Award Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Translation Prize

A prize of $5,000 will be given biennially for a translation-in-progress from German into English of a work of Austrian poetry or prose published after 1945. A jury of U.S. and Austrian publishers,...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 10/10/16
Sponsor and Award Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship
An award of approximately $54,000 is given annually to a U.S. poet for a year of travel and study abroad. Submit two copies of up to 40 pages of poetry or a published book and up to 20 pages of poetry, a...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $54,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 10/15/16
Sponsor and Award Silverfish Review Press
Gerald Cable Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection may submit a...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/15/16
Sponsor and Award Cutthroat
Writing Awards

Three prizes of $1,250 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Marilyn Nelson will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award; Michael...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,250 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/15/16
Sponsor and Award Copper Nickel
Jake Adam York Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions will be given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Ross Gay will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/15/16
Sponsor and Award Omnidawn Publishing
Single Poem Broadside Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Omniverse, Omnidawn Publishing's online journal, will be given annually for a poem. The winner will also receive 50 copies of a letterpress broadside of the...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/17/16