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 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
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 9/30/14
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 9/30/14
Sponsor and Award Northern Colorado Writers
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Pooled Ink, the Northern Colorado Writers anthology, is given annually for a poem. Lisa Zimmerman will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 250...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/14
Sponsor and Award Ohio State University Press
Journal Award in Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Ohio State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $28 entry...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/14
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Los Angeles Review is given annually for a poem. William Trowbridge will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 120 lines each with a $20 entry fee by...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/14
Sponsor and Award Winning Writers
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 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. Ellaraine Lockie...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/14
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 10/1/14
Sponsor and Award Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute Fellowships

Fellowships of $75,000 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $75,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 10/1/14
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 10/1/14
Sponsor and Award Southern Indiana Review
Mary C. Mohr Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a short story. This year's award is given in poetry. Marie Howe will judge. Submit up to four poems...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/14
Sponsor and Award Schaffner Press
Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that "deals in some way with the...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/14
Sponsor and Award Missouri Review
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 25 pages of prose...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/14
Sponsor and Award Spark
Poetry and Prose Writing Contest

A prize of $500 and publication in Spark: A Creative Anthology will be given quarterly for a poem, a short story, or a personal essay on a theme. The winner will also receive a lifetime membership...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/14
Sponsor and Award American Antiquarian Society
Fellowships for Creative Writers

Fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for monthlong residencies at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, to research pre-...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,350 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 10/5/14
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 either 40 pages of poetry or a published book and 20 pages of poetry, two...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $54,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 10/15/14
Sponsor and Award National Federation of State Poetry Societies
Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by National Federation of State Poetry Societies Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $25...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/15/14
Sponsor and Award Los Angeles Review
Wild Light Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Los Angeles Review is given annually for a poem. Brendan Constantine will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 200 lines each with a $25 entry fee...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/15/14
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. Dorianne Laux will judge. Poets who have not published a full-length...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/15/14
Sponsor and Award Comstock Review
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies will be given biennially for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 25 to 34 pages with a $30...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/15/14