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 Poetry Society of the United Kingdom
National Poetry Competition

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $7,750) and publication in Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in the United Kingdom. A...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $7,750 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award Coffee-House Poetry
Troubadour International Poetry Prize

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $7,750) is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,550) is also given. Both winners receive publication on the Coffee-House Poetry...

Entry Fee $8 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $7,750 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 10/19/15
Sponsor and Award Sustainable Arts Foundation
Writing Awards

Up to five awards of $6,000 each and up to five Promise Awards of $2,000 each are given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $6,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 9/4/15
Sponsor and Award Ohio Arts Council
Individual Excellence Awards

Grants of $5,000 are awarded biennially to Ohio poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers who have been residents of Ohio for one year prior to the application deadline and are not...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 9/1/15
Sponsor and Award Academy of American Poets
Walt Whitman Award

A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen who has not...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $5,000 Prize includes Publication, Residency Application Deadline 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award South Carolina Arts Commission
Artist Fellowships

Two fellowships of $5,000 each are given biennially to a poet and a fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer. Writers who have been residents of South Carolina for two years prior to the application...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 11/1/15