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 Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Award University of Iowa Press
Iowa Poetry Prize

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20 entry fee during the month of April. Call or visit the website for...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $20 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Ashland Poetry Press
Richard Snyder Publication Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ashland Poetry Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Ashland University. Angie Estes...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award The Ledge
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Ledge is given annually for a poem. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $15 entry fee ($4 for each additional poem) by April 30. All entries...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Marsh Hawk Press
Poetry Prize

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

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award 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 book of fiction. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $25...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/14
Sponsor and Award Pen Parentis
Writing Fellowship for New Parents

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Brain, Child is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The winner also receives an invitation to give a reading...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 4/16/14
Sponsor and Award Noemi Press
Book Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Noemi Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a novel or short story collection. The editors will judge. Submit up to 70 pages of poetry or a...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Saturday's Child Press
Short Story Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Saturday's Child Magazine is given twice yearly for a short story by a woman or a translation into English of a short story by a woman. Judith Johnson will...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/14
Sponsor and Award Georgia Review
Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Spring 2014 issue of Georgia Review will be given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Submit a poem of any length with a $15 entry fee (...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/14
Sponsor and Award Iowa Review
Jeff Sharlet Award

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

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/14
Sponsor and Award Late Night Library
Debut-litzer Prizes

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

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Omnidawn Publishing
Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Kazim Ali will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 40 pages with an $18 entry fee by...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/22/14
Sponsor and Award 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 a book or chapbook are...

Entry Fee $24 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/14
Sponsor and Award Sixfold
Poetry and Short Story Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than...

Entry Fee $3 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/23/14
Sponsor and Award Sonora Review
Nonfiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sonora Review will be given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Jenny Boully will judge. Submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee by...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/14
Sponsor and Award Sow's Ear Press
Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Sow's Ear Press with distribution to Sow's Ear Poetry Review subscribers is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also receives 25 author copies....

Entry Fee $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/14
Sponsor and Award 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 Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award 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 Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Winning Writers
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Arthur Powers will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a short...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Writecorner Press
E. M. Koeppel Short Fiction Award

A prize of $1,100 and publication on the Writecorner Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($10 for each additional story) by April...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,100 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award 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. Mark Brazaitis and the editors will judge. Using the online submission system,...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,150 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/14
Sponsor and Award Glimmer Train Press
Very Short Fiction Award

A prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given quarterly for a very short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 3...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Ruminate Magazine
Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate Magazine is given annually for a poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to two poems of no more than 40 lines each with a $20 entry fee...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/14
Sponsor and Award 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,...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/14
Sponsor and Award Rubery Book Award
International Rubery Book Award

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,635) will be given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction that is self-published or published by an independent press. The winning book will...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,635 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award 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 single poem of up to...

Entry Fee $23 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/21/14
Sponsor and Award 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 Prizesort icon $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award 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 Prizesort icon $2,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 5/15/14
Sponsor and Award Wick Poetry Center
Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,500 and publication by Kent State University Press is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winner also gives a reading at Kent State University with the judge, who this year is...
Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $2,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 5/1/14
Sponsor and Award Tupelo Press
First/Second Book Award

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee by April 30. All entries are...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Academy of American Poets
James Laughlin Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a U.S. poet. Copies of the winning book are purchased and distributed to approximately 5,000 members of the Academy of American Poets. U...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/15/14
Sponsor and Award University of Pittsburgh Press
Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a first poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length collection of poems may submit a manuscript...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Fellowships and Grants

Individual Artist Fellowships of $5,000 are given annually to Minnesota writers, and Career Development Grants of up to $3,000 are given twice a year to Minnesota writers to pursue a specific arts...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/25/14