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 Feesort icon Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Award American-Scandinavian Foundation
Translation Prizes
A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction written in a Nordic language...
Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award Blue Mountain Center
Richard J. Margolis Award
A prize of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to an essayist or journalist whose work "combines warmth, humor...
Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 7/1/16
Sponsor and Award Literary Arts
Oregon Literary Fellowships
Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. One Women Writers Fellowship and one Writer...
Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/24/16
Sponsor and Award Mexico
FIL Prize in Romance Languages
A prize of $150,000 is given annually to honor a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who writes in Catalan, French, Galician, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, or Spanish. The prize is...
Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $150,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/22/16
Sponsor and Award Towson University
Prize for Literature

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a current resident of Maryland who has lived in the state for at least three years. Books published within the...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award Claremont Graduate University
Tufts Poetry Awards

The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner spends one week in residence at Claremont Graduate University in California. The...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $100,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 7/1/16
Sponsor and Award Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry
Griffin Poetry Prize

Two prizes of $65,000 CAD (approximately $46,800) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator. Publishers may submit four...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $65,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award Iowa Review
Jeff Sharlet Award

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

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award The Writer's Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receive a $250...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $250 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 6/17/16
Sponsor and Award Comstock Review
Muriel Craft Bailey Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a poem. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit a poem of up to 40 lines with a $5 entry fee by July 1. Visit the website for...

Entry Feesort icon $5 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/1/16
Sponsor and Award Ledbury Poetry Festival
Poetry Competition

A prize £1,000 (approximately $1,430) and a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writers' Centre of Wales, is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in...

Entry Feesort icon $7 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,430 Prize includes Application Deadline 7/7/16
Sponsor and Award Coffee-House Poetry
Troubadour International Poetry Prize

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $7,150) is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,430) is also given. Both winners receive publication on the Coffee-House Poetry...

Entry Feesort icon $8 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $7,150 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 6/21/16
Sponsor and Award River Styx
International Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a poem. Heather McHugh will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 14 pages with a $10 entry fee, which...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Award Fairy Tale Review
Awards in Poetry and Prose

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fairy Tale Review are given annually for a group of poems and a work of fiction or creative nonfiction influenced by fairy tales. Traci Brimhall will...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/15/16
Sponsor and Award Literal Latté
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem. Submit up to six poems of no more than 2,000 words each with a $10 entry fee ($15 for up to 10...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/15/16
Sponsor and Award Bridport Arts Centre
Bridport Prize

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $7,150) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. Two second-place prizes of £1,000 (approximately $1,430)...

Entry Feesort icon $13 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $7,150 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Award University of Canberra
Vice-Chancellor's Poetry Prize

A prize of $15,000 AUD (approximately $10,650) and publication in an e-book anthology is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $3,550) and publication is also given...

Entry Feesort icon $14 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $15,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award Boulevard
Emerging Poets Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed press. The editors will...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem that has not won a national competition. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages with a $15 entry fee by June 20. Visit the website for...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/20/16
Sponsor and Award String Poet
Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication in String Poet is given annually for a poem. Richard Brooks will compose a piece of music inspired by the winning poem, to be performed at an awards ceremony. X...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award Southern Humanities Review
Auburn Witness Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Humanities Review is given annually for a poem of witness in honor of the late poet Jake Adam York. The winner also receives travel expenses to read...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
First Book Award
A prize of $2,500, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually for a poetry collection. U.S....
Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 7/8/16
Sponsor and Award Boston Review
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Southern Poetry Review
Guy Owen Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit three to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Award Bellevue Literary Review
Prizes in Poetry and Prose

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works about health, healing, illness...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/1/16
Sponsor and Award Rattle
Poetry Prize

A prize of $10,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a poem. A Reader's Choice Award of $2,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Submit up to four poems of any length with a $20...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/15/16
Sponsor and Award University of Akron Press
Akron Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Allison Joseph will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 90...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award Barrow Street Press
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Elaine Equi will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28 for electronic...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award Bitter Oleander Press
Library of Poetry Book Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee between May 1 and June 15. Send an SASE, e...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award Backwaters Press
Backwaters Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Backwaters Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Henri Cole will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 60 to 85 pages with a $...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Award Cider Press Review
Editors' Prize Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award Writer's Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in New York City to meet one-on-one with four agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay....

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/1/16
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 Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 5/30/16
Sponsor and Award Bauhan Publishing
May Sarton New Hampshire Book Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Betsy Sholl will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award Omnidawn Publishing
First/Second Book Prize

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Cathy Park Hong will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages...

Entry Feesort icon $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award National Poetry Review Press
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. C. J. Sage will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 45 to 80...

Entry Feesort icon $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award Oberlin College Press
FIELD Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Oberlin College Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee, which...

Entry Feesort icon $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Award Parlor Press
New Measure Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Parlor Press in the Free Verse Editions series is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 54 pages...

Entry Feesort icon $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award Munster Literature Center
Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,110) and publication by the Munster Literature Center will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 16 to 24 pages with a €25 entry fee (...

Entry Feesort icon $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,110 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Award Autumn House Press
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner also receives a $1,500...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a female poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to complete a project for publication over a two-year period. The top finalist in each of the two...

Entry Feesort icon $45 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $50,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/2/16
Sponsor and Award Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year. For...

Entry Feesort icon $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/15/16