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 James Jones Literary Society
First Novel Fellowship
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work is published in Provincetown Arts, and the winner also...
Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award National Poetry Series
Open Competition

Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers currently include Fence Books,...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/15
Sponsor and Award French-American Foundation
Translation Prizes

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. A...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/15/15
Sponsor and Award Milkweed Editions
Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet currently residing in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. Submit a book-...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award PEN New England
PEN/Hemingway Award

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a debut novel or short story collection published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives a residency fellowship at the Ucross...

Entry Fee $40 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $10,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award San José State University
Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing

A one-year residency at San José State University, which includes a stipend of $10,000, is given annually to two to three fiction writers or creative nonfiction writers. The fellows will give one public...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $10,000 Prize includes Reading, Residency Application Deadline 1/2/15