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 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 $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $6,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 9/4/15
Sponsor and Award Carlow University
Patricia Dobler Poetry Award

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

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 9/5/15
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 9/5/15
Sponsor and Award Dogfish Head Brewery
Poetry Prize

A prize of $500, publication by Broadkill River Press, and two cases of Dogfish Head beer will be given annually for a poetry collection written by a poet living in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/7/15
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 50 to 90 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28 for electronic...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/15/15
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. lê thi diem thúy will...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/15/15
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 9/15/15
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. Denise Low will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $30 entry fee ($27 for electronic...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/15/15
Sponsor and Award Drake University
Emerging Writer Award

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a first book of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or graphic poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, published in the last three years. The prize is given in...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 9/15/15
Sponsor and Award John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Writing Fellowships

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

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $50,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 9/18/15
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 9/23/15
Sponsor and Award Manchester Metropolitan University
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of £10,000 (approximately $15,550) each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The winners will be invited to an award ceremony in Manchester in November. Olivia Cole, Kei...

Entry Fee $27 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $15,550 Prize includes Application Deadline 9/25/15
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 9/25/15
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....

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
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, Adam Kirsch, and David Yezzi will judge. Submit a...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
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 9/30/15
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 9/30/15
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 9/30/15
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. Joseph Hutchison 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 9/30/15
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 9/30/15
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. Camille Dungy 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 9/30/15
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. Ellaraine Lockie...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
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 one to two academic semesters in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award Lascaux Review
Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a poem. Submit up to five poems of any length with a $10 entry fee by September 30. Previously published poems are...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award Fresno 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. The winner also receives $500 and lodging to give a reading at Fresno State. C. G....

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15