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 Virginia Commonwealth University
Levis Reading Prize
A prize of $2,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry published during the previous year. Faculty of the MFA program in...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 2/1/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Unterberg Poetry Center
“Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prizes

Four prizes of $500 each and publication in Boston Review are given annually for a group of poems. Winners also receive transportation to and lodging in New York City to give a reading at the...

Entry Fee $12 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 1/23/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of $30,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to five writers working on a first or second book of poetry or...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $30,000 Prize includes Reading, Workshop, Residency Application Deadline 2/28/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon University of Texas in Austin
Dobie Paisano Fellowships

Two residencies, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, at a rural retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, have lived in Texas for at least three years, or who...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline 1/15/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon University of Rochester
Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the previous year by a woman who is a U.S. citizen. Publishers may submit four copies of a novel or collection of short fiction...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $7,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/1/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon University of Mississippi
Summer Poet-in-Residence Award

A one-month residency, which includes a $3,000 honorarium, is given annually to a poet who is working on a manuscript to live and work in Oxford, Mississippi, near the University of Mississippi campus....

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Reading, Residency Application Deadline 1/15/15