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 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
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Colorado Review
Nelligan Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Gish Jen will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $15 entry fee by March 14. All entries are...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/14/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Crab Orchard Review
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a poem of up to five...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/21/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon 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 3/31/16
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that "foster peace, social justice, and global...

Entry Fee $100 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/18/16