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 DIAGRAM
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or mixed-genre work. Ander Monson will judge. Submit a...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/27/15
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. David St. John...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
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. Stephanie Strickland will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 30....

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
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 4/30/15
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 debut poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection may submit a manuscript of...
Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
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 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Kore Press
First Book Award

A prize of $1,500, publication by Kore Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a debut poetry collection by a female-identified poet. Poets who have not published a full-length collection or a...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Fellowships and Grants

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

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/15
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 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Willow Books
Literature Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to give a reading at...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Late Night Library
Debut-litzer Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a debut 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....

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/15
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 4/30/15
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 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge
Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that "illuminates the heritage of America's mid-continental prairies."...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award International Rubery Book Award
International Rubery Book Award

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,520) is 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 also be...

Entry Fee $60 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,520 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Poetry Foundation
Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships

Five fellowships of $25,800 each are given annually to emerging poets. Writers who are U.S. citizens between the ages of 21 and 31 as of April 30 are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $25,800 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Tupelo Press
Berkshire Prize

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 88 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 4/30/15
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 debut poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Kent State University with the judge, who...
Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 5/1/15
Sponsor and Award Sow's Ear Press
Chapbook Award

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

Entry Fee $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/15
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 5/5/15
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 that will be published in the forthcoming year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency at the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 5/15/15
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. Kim Addonizio 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 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award National Book Foundation
National Book Awards
Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United States during the previous year....
Entry Fee $135 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award Leeway Foundation
Transformation Awards
Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and trans poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia area who have been creating art for social change for five or more...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $15,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award Montreal International Poetry Prize
Montreal International Poetry Prize

A prize of $20,000 Canadian (approximately $15,800) and publication in Global Poetry Anthology is given annually for a poem. Eavan Boland will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $20,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/15