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 Awardsort icon Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Carve Magazine
Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Carve Magazine is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic submissions) by May 15. Visit...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Cave Canem Foundation
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a first book of poetry by a black poet of African descent. Kwame Dawes will judge. Using the online submission...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Cave Canem Foundation
Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Northwestern University Press is given biennially for a second book of poetry by an African American poet. Parneshia Jones and Jacqueline Jones LaMon will judge....

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Center for Fiction
New York City Emerging Writers Fellowship

Fellowships of $5,000 each, membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and access to writing space is given annually to fiction writers living in New York City who have not yet published a...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/29/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Poetry Book Competitions

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

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Essay Collection Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center is given annually for an essay collection. Chris Kraus will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/16