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 Persea Books
Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published at least one book of poetry. The winner also receives up to $1,000 for travel...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/5/15
Sponsor and Award Cave Canem Foundation
Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Graywolf Press is given annually for a first poetry collection by a poet of African descent. Nikky Finney will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...
Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/9/15
Sponsor and Award National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships

Grants of $25,000 each are awarded annually to poets or prose writers in alternating years. This year grants will be awarded to prose writers. Fiction and creative nonfiction writers who have published...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/11/15
Sponsor and Award Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation
Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Marilyn Chin will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March 14. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the...
Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/14/15
Sponsor and Award Bellingham Review
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for Poetry is given for a poem...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Image
Milton Postgraduate Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, including a $16,000 stipend, is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. Writers who are U.S. citizens and have...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $16,000 Prize includes Reading, Residency Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award The Word Works
Washington Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Word Works, a nonprofit literary organization, is given annually to a U.S. or Canadian poet for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Kundiman/Tupelo Press
Kundiman Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an Asian American poet. The board members of Kundiman and Tupelo Press will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Prairie Schooner
Book Prizes

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Kwame Dawes will judge. Submit a poetry manuscript of at...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award New Ohio Review
Prizes in Poetry and Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems and a short story. Robert Pinsky will judge in poetry; Maud Casey will judge in...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Tusculum Review
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tusculum Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Manuscripts with one or two authors are eligible. Submit a chapbook of 20 to 30 pages with a $20...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Florida Review
Editors' Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three to five poems or up to 25...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/17/15
Sponsor and Award Saturnalia Books
Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000, publication by Saturnalia Books, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Mary Ruefle will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $35 entry fee...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/20/15
Sponsor and Award Gulf Coast
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or a story or essay...

Entry Fee $23 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/22/15
Sponsor and Award Elixir Press
Antivenom Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Nicholas Samaras will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $30 entry fee by...
Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Cleveland State University
Poetry Center Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center are given annually for poetry collections. The First Book Prize is open to poets who have not published a full-...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Black Lawrence Press
Hudson Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system,...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Fish Publishing
Poetry Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,160) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the West Cork Literary...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,160 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Carolina Wren Press
Poetry Series

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a first or second poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $20...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Four Way Books
Levis Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given biennially for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. The winner will also be invited to participate in a reading in New York City. Martha...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award CutBank
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by CutBank, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The editors will judge. Using the online submission...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Omnidawn Publishing
Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Brian Teare will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 40 pages with an $18 entry fee...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Arts & Letters
Arts & Letters Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Stephen Dunn will judge in poetry, Kyle Minor will judge...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Press 53
Prime Number Magazine Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine will be given annually for a poem, a work of short fiction, and a work of creative nonfiction. Alan Michael Parker will judge...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Poetry International
Poetry International Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. Carol Frost will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem) by...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/1/15