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 Prize Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon
Sponsor and Award Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. Writers enrolled in a degree-...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 5/5/16
Sponsor and Award Del Sol Press
First Novel Competition

A prize of $1,500, publication by Del Sol Press, and 20 author copies will be given annually for a first novel. Madison Smartt Bell will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 5/13/16
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 living poet that will be published in the forthcoming year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency at the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes weeklong residency in Florida Application Deadlinesort icon 5/15/16
Sponsor and Award Lost Horse Press
Idaho Prize for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Lost Horse Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. Gary Lilley will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee ($27.50...
Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 5/15/16
Sponsor and Award National Book Foundation
National Book Awards
Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United States during the previous year....
Entry Fee $135 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 5/15/16
Sponsor and Award Leeway Foundation
Transformation Awards
Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $15,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 5/15/16