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 Before Columbus Foundation
American Book Awards
Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize "outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America's diverse literary community."...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/16
Sponsor and Award Commonwealth Club of California
California Book Awards

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. Prizes are also given...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline 12/23/16
Sponsor and Award University of Iowa Press
Iowa Prize in Literary Nonfiction

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for an essay collection. Meghan Daum will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40,000 to 90,000 words with a $10 entry fee by December 10. Visit the...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $10 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/10/16
Sponsor and Award Frost Place
Chapbook Competition

A prize of $250, publication by Bull City Press, 10 author copies, and a fellowship to attend the Frost Place Poetry Seminar (valued at $1,550) is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $250 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/5/17
Sponsor and Award Poets & Writers, Inc.
Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to give a reading and meet with...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $500 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 1/9/17
Sponsor and Award Center for Book Arts
Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive an additional $500 to give a reading at the Center for Book...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 12/15/16