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 A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a female poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to complete a project for publication over a two-year period. The top finalist in each of the two...

Entry Fee $45 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $50,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/2/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Academy of American Poets
James Laughlin Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living 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, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes weeklong residency in Florida Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Academy of American Poets
Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living poet published in the United States during the previous year. Copies of the winning book are purchased and distributed to hundreds...

Entry Fee $75 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon American Poetry Review
Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Poetry Review is given annually for a poem by a poet under the age of 40. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon American Short Fiction
Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the winter issue of American Short Fiction is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 2,000 to 6,500 words with a $20 entry fee by June 1. All...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon American-Scandinavian Foundation
Translation Prizes
A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction written in a Nordic language...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Anhinga Press
Anhinga–Robert Dana Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to participate in a reading tour at select colleges in Florida...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 5/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Arcadia
Dead Bison Editors’ Prize

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arcadia will be given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10 pages of...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Artist Trust
Grants for Artist Projects

Grants of up to $1,500 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are residents of Washington State. Students enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible....

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/23/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Autumn House Press
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner also receives a $1,500...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Backwaters Press
Backwaters Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Backwaters Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Henri Cole will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 60 to 85 pages with a $...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Bard College
Bard Fiction Prize
A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give at least one public lecture...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $30,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Barrow Street Press
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Elaine Equi will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28 for electronic...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Bauhan Publishing
May Sarton New Hampshire Book Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Betsy Sholl will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Bellevue Literary Review
Prizes in Poetry and Prose

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works about health, healing, illness...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/1/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge
Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is 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." Authors and...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Bitter Oleander Press
Library of Poetry Book Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee between May 1 and June 15. Send an SASE, e...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Blue Mountain Center
Richard J. Margolis Award
A prize of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to an essayist or journalist whose work "combines warmth, humor...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 7/1/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon BOA Editions
Short Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a short story collection. Peter Conners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 90 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee by May 31. Visit...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Boston Review
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Boulevard
Emerging Poets Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed press. The editors will...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Breakwater Review
Peseroff Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a single poem. Jill McDonough will judge. Submit three poems of any length with a $10 entry fee by May 15. All...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Breakwater Review
Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review will be given annually for a story. Askold Melnyczuk will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $10 entry fee by May 15. All...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Bridport Arts Centre
Bridport Prize

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $7,150) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. Two second-place prizes of £1,000 (approximately $1,430)...

Entry Fee $13 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $7,150 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Carolina Wren Press
Doris Bakwin Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a short story collection, a novel, or a memoir by a woman. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
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 Cider Press Review
Editors' Prize Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Claremont Graduate University
Tufts Poetry Awards

The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner spends one week in residence at Claremont Graduate University in California. The...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $100,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 7/1/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Coffee-House Poetry
Troubadour International Poetry Prize

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $7,150) is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,430) is also given. Both winners receive publication on the Coffee-House Poetry...

Entry Fee $8 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $7,150 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 6/21/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Comstock Review
Muriel Craft Bailey Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a poem. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit a poem of up to 40 lines with a $5 entry fee by July 1. Visit the website for...

Entry Fee $5 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/1/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
First Book Award
A prize of $2,500, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually for a poetry collection. U.S....
Entry Fee $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 7/8/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Creative Nonfiction
Essay Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction is given quarterly for an essay. The theme for the Winter 2017 issue is "Joy." The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,000 words...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/16/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Crook's Corner Book Prize Foundation
Book Prize

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a debut novel set in the American South. The winner is also entitled to receive a free glass of wine every day for a year at Crook's Corner Café and Bar in Chapel...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem that has not won a national competition. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages with a $15 entry fee by June 20. Visit the website for...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/20/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon December
Curt Johnson Prose Awards

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in December are given annually for a short story and an essay. Anthony Marra will judge in fiction and Eula Biss will judge in nonfiction. Submit a...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Del Sol Press
First Novel Competition

A prize of $1,500, publication by Del Sol Press, and 20 author copies will be given annually for a first novel. Madison Smartt Bell will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/13/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Elixir Press
Fiction Award

A prize of $2,000, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 120 to 500 pages with a $40...

Entry Fee $40 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Engine Books
Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Engine Books will be given annually for a short story collection, a novella collection, or a novel. Alix Ohlin will judge. Using the online submission system, submit...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Fairy Tale Review
Awards in Poetry and Prose

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fairy Tale Review are given annually for a group of poems and a work of fiction or creative nonfiction influenced by fairy tales. Traci Brimhall will...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Georgia Review
Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the spring issue of Georgia Review is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit a poem of any length with a $15 entry fee (there is no fee...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Ghost Story
Supernatural Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Ghost Story website is given twice yearly for a short story with a supernatural or magic realism theme. The editors will judge. Submit a story of 1,500...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Gival Press
Novel Award

A prize of $3,000, publication by Gival Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a novel. Submit a manuscript of 30,000 to 100,000 words with a $50 entry fee by May 30. Send an SASE, call, e-...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Glimmer Train Press
Fiction Open

A prize of $3,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story. A $1,000 second-place prize is also given. The editors will judge. Using...

Entry Fee $21 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given three times yearly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,...
Entry Fee $18 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Glimmer Train Press
Very Short Fiction Award

A prize of $2,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a very short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 3,000...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry
Griffin Poetry Prize

Two prizes of $65,000 CAD (approximately $46,800) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator. Publishers may submit four...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $65,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Hidden River Arts
William Van Wert Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction (and a synopsis if submitting a novel excerpt) with a $17...

Entry Fee $17 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Iowa Review
Jeff Sharlet Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Iowa Review is given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a U.S. military veteran or an active duty service member. A second-...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon 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 4/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Late Night Library
Debut-litzer Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a first book of poetry and a first book of fiction published in the previous year. The winners are featured on the Late Night Library podcast series, and...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Leapfrog Press
Fiction Award

A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or a novella. Sara Pritchard and the editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 22,...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,150 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Ledbury Poetry Festival
Poetry Competition

A prize £1,000 (approximately $1,430) and a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writers' Centre of Wales, is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in...

Entry Fee $7 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,430 Prize includes Application Deadline 7/7/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Leeway Foundation
Transformation Awards
Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $15,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Literal Latté
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem. Submit up to six poems of no more than 2,000 words each with a $10 entry fee ($15 for up to 10...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Literary Arts
Oregon Literary Fellowships
Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. One Women Writers Fellowship and one Writer...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/24/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Cutthroat is given annually for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation over 5,000...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Los Angeles Review
Literary Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review will be given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Brynn Saito will judge in poetry, Tom...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon 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. Gary Lilley will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee ($27.50...
Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Lynx House Press
Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Lynx House Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $28 entry fee by May 15. Visit the website for complete...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. Writers enrolled in a degree-...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/5/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Mark Twain House & Museum
Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a humorous short story or essay. Excerpts of the winning piece will be published on the Mark Twain House & Museum website. Using the online submission system,...

Entry Fee $23 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 7/10/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Marsh Hawk Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Mark Doty will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 30. Send an SASE...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Mexico
FIL Prize in Romance Languages
A prize of $150,000 is given annually to honor a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who writes in Catalan, French, Galician, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, or Spanish. The prize is...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $150,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/22/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Munster Literature Center
Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,110) and publication by the Munster Literature Center will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 16 to 24 pages with a €25 entry fee (...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,110 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon 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 5/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon National Poetry Review Press
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. C. J. Sage will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 45 to 80...

Entry Fee $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon New American Press
New American Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by New American Press is given annually for a book of fiction. Gina Frangello will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a collection of short stories or...

Entry Fee $22 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon New Letters
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit three to six poems or up to 8,000 words of prose with a $...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/18/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon New Rivers Press
American Fiction Short Story Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the anthology American Fiction is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $16 entry...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon 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 4/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Nowhere Magazine
Travel Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." Porter Fox will judge. Unpublished and...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Oberlin College Press
FIELD Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Oberlin College Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee, which...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Omnidawn Publishing
First/Second Book Prize

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Cathy Park Hong will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages...

Entry Fee $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Parlor Press
New Measure Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Parlor Press in the Free Verse Editions series is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 54 pages...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Philadelphia Stories
Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Philadelphia Stories is given annually for a short story. The winner will also receive travel and lodging expenses to read at Rosemont College in October....

Entry Fee $12 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society
William Faulkner–Wisdom Competition

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a novel. A prize of $2,000 is given for a book of nonfiction, and three prizes of $1,500 each are also given for a short story, a novella, and a novel-in-progress...

Entry Fee $40 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $7,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Pleiades Press
Editors Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to read at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. The editors will...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Ploughshares
Emerging Writer's Contest

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published or self-published a book...

Entry Fee $24 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon 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. residents or citizens between the ages of 21 and 31 as of April 30 are eligible. Using the online submission...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $25,800 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year. For...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Rattle
Poetry Prize

A prize of $10,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a poem. A Reader's Choice Award of $2,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Submit up to four poems of any length with a $20...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Red Hen Press
Graphic Novel Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a graphic novel. Kate Gale will judge. Submit a manuscript of 75 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31, 2016. Call or...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Redivider
Beacon Street Prize

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Redivider will be given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Amy Gerstler will judge in poetry, Alexandra Kleeman will judge in...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon River Styx
International Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a poem. Heather McHugh will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 14 pages with a $10 entry fee, which...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Rosebud
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for a short story. Roderick Clark will judge. Submit a previously unpublished story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee,...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Ruminate Magazine
Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate Magazine is given annually for a poem. Alice Fulton will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to two poems of no more than 40 lines...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Salamander
Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Salamander is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 30 pages with a $15 entry fee by June 1. Send an SASE or visit the website for...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Sarabande Books
Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Sonora Review
Annual Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Mathias Svalina will judge in poetry, Molly Antopol...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Southern Humanities Review
Auburn Witness Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Humanities Review is given annually for a poem of witness in honor of the late poet Jake Adam York. The winner also receives travel expenses to read...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Southern Indiana Review
Thomas A. Wilhelmus Nonfiction Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Michael Martone will judge. Submit an essay of up to 35 pages with a $20 entry...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Southern Poetry Review
Guy Owen Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit three to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Southwest Review
David Nathan Meyerson Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a full-length book of fiction. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Sow's Ear Poetry Review
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 5/1/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon String Poet
Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication in String Poet is given annually for a poem. Richard Brooks will compose a piece of music inspired by the winning poem, to be performed at an awards ceremony. X...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon The Moth
International Short Story Prize

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,330) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of publication, a weeklong retreat at the Circle of Missé in Missé...

Entry Fee $13 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $3,330 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon The Writer's Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receive a $250...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $250 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 6/17/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Towson University
Prize for Literature

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a current resident of Maryland who has lived in the state for at least three years. Books published within the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon 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 4/30/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon 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 4/30/16