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 Before Columbus Foundation
American Book Awards
Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year that make contributions to American multicultural literature. Submit two copies of a book or galley published in...
Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Literary Awards

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African American writer published in...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/19/14
Sponsor and Award Cleveland Foundation
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that "contribute to our understanding of racism...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/14
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). Prizes are also given for a first book of fiction and a...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline 12/22/14
Sponsor and Award Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry
Griffin Poetry Prize

Two prizes of $65,000 Canadian (approximately $59,506) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator. Tim Bowling, Fanny Howe...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $65,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Morehead State University
Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by an Appalachian writer. Authors and publishers may submit five copies of a book of poetry or prose by December...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/5/14
Sponsor and Award National Endowment for the Arts
Translation Fellowships

Grants of $12,500 and $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published at least 20 pages of translation in literary...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $12,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/8/14
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 Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Reading, Travel Expenses, Residency Application Deadline 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award Prairie Schooner
Sillerman First Book Prize

Sponsored by the African Poetry Book Fund in partnership with Prairie Schooner, a prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal will be given...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award Pushcart Press
Pushcart Prizes

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines or small presses during the...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award Sarabande Books
Bernheim Writing Residency

A two- to six-week residency at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, Kentucky, will be given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer. The resident will also...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Reading, Residency Application Deadline 12/15/14
Sponsor and Award Society of Classical Poets
Poetry Competition

A prize of $500 is given annually for a group of three to five poems on a theme. For this year's contest, one poem must address either the struggles of the Chinese people under communism or the...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Spark
Writing Contest

A prize of $500 and publication in Spark: A Creative Anthology is given quarterly for a poem, a short story, or a personal essay on a theme. The winner also receives a lifetime membership to...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/4/15
Sponsor and Award University of North Texas
Rilke Prize

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a book published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. The winner also receives airfare and lodging to give readings at the University of North Texas and the...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Reading, Travel Expenses Application Deadline 11/30/14
Sponsor and Award Gemini Magazine
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $5 entry fee by January 2, 2015....

Entry Feesort icon $5 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/2/15
Sponsor and Award University of Evansville
Willis Barnstone Translation Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem translated from any language into English. Willis Barnstone will judge. Submit up to 10 translated poems of up to 200 lines each along with each original...

Entry Feesort icon $5 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award Munster Literature Center
Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,339), publication in Southword, and a weeklong residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, is given annually for a poem. The winner...

Entry Feesort icon $7 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,339 Prize includes Reading, Publication, Residency Application Deadline 11/30/14
Sponsor and Award Poetry Society of America
Chapbook Fellowships

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Poetry Society of America are given annually for poetry chapbooks by poets who have not published a full-length collection. Two fellowships are given to...

Entry Feesort icon $12 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/22/14
Sponsor and Award Provincetown OuterMost Community Radio
Joe Gouveia Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to be featured on OuterMost Community Radio's Poets Corner program. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit five poems totaling...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/15/14
Sponsor and Award Great Plains Writers' Conference
Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an emerging poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer living in the Great Plains region who has not yet published a book. The winner also receives travel...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Travel Expenses Application Deadline 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award Mississippi Review
Mississippi Review Prize

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Current or former University of Southern Mississippi students are ineligible....

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/1/15
Sponsor and Award Poetry Society of America
Robert H. Winner Memorial Award

A prize of $2,500 and publication of one poem on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Submit two copies of 10 to 15 pages of...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/22/14
Sponsor and Award The Moth
Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

A prize of €10,000 (approximately $13,387) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a poem. Three runner-up prizes of €1,000 (approximately $1,339) each are also given. The winners will...

Entry Feesort icon $16 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $13,387 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Public Poetry
ARTlines2 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 will be given triennially for an ekphrastic poem inspired by a piece of art selected by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The winner and runners-up will be invited to a reading and...

Entry Feesort icon $16 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication, Reading Application Deadline 11/30/14
Sponsor and Award Jewish Currents
Raynes Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a single poem on the theme of "World to Come." The work of the winning poet and 36 finalists will also be published in...

Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/15/15
Sponsor and Award Asheville Poetry Review
William Matthews Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to read at Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina. Garrett...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/15/15
Sponsor and Award Five Points
James Dickey Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Five Points is given annually for a group of poems. Submit up to three poems of no more than 50 lines each with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award Gival Press
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Gival Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 45 pages with a $20 entry fee by December 15. Send an SASE,...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/15/14
Sponsor and Award Hunger Mountain
Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hunger Mountain is given annually for a poem. Submit up to three poems with a $20 entry fee by December 10. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/10/14
Sponsor and Award Hurston/Wright Foundation
Founding Members Award for College Writers

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt by African American college students. The winners will be invited to attend the Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award New Issues Poetry & Prose
Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,000 and publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose is given annually for a first poetry collection. Poets who have not published a poetry collection of more than 48 pages are eligible. Major...
Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/30/14
Sponsor and Award Slipstream Press
Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by Slipstream Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 40 pages with a $20 entry fee, which...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award White Pine Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 80 pages with a $20 entry fee by November 30. Send an SASE...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/30/14
Sponsor and Award New American Press
New American Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by New American Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Maggie Smith will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with...

Entry Feesort icon $23 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Schaffner Press
Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that "deals in some way with the...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Bear Star Press
Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bear Star Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a writer residing in a state west of the central time zone. The editors will judge. Using the online...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/30/14
Sponsor and Award BkMk Press
Ciardi/Chandra Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 110 pages of poetry or 125 to 300 pages of...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/15/15
Sponsor and Award BOA Editions
A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a first book of poetry by a U.S. citizen. Mary Szybist will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/30/14
Sponsor and Award Cider Press Review
Book Award

A prize of $1,500, publication by Cider Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Jeffrey Harrison will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee,...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/30/14
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 also receives an additional $500 to give a reading at the Center for Book Arts...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award Bright Hill Press
Poetry Book Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bright Hill Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $25 entry fee by November 30. All entries...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/30/14
Sponsor and Award Burnside Review Press
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Burnside Review Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/30/14
Sponsor and Award Colorado Review
Colorado Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Colorado State University employees, students, and alumni are ineligible. Laura...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/14/15
Sponsor and Award The Frost Place
Dartmouth Poet-in-Residence Award

A prize of $2,000 and a six- to eight-week residency at Robert Frost's former home in Franconia, New Hampshire, is given annually to a poet who has published at least one poetry collection. The winner is...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Reading, Residency Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award The 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 $1,450) is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $250 Prize includes Publication, Fellowship, Residency Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women

Grants of up to $1,500 are given twice yearly to feminist writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants will be awarded to fiction writers. Using the online...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Quercus Review Press
Fall Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Quercus Review Press, and 15 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Stella Beratlis will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 120 pages with a $25 entry...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/12/14
Sponsor and Award University of Evansville
Richard Wilbur Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Evansville Press is given biennially for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. Dick Davis will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 100 pages with a $25...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award Waywiser Press
Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award Willow Books
Literature Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to give a reading at...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award Omnidawn Publishing
Open Poetry Book Contest

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Mary Jo Bang will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages with a $27 entry...

Entry Feesort icon $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Fence Books
Ottoline Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Fence Books will be given annually for a poetry collection by a woman who has published at least one book of poetry. Using the online submission system, submit a...

Entry Feesort icon $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/30/14
Sponsor and Award Tupelo Press
Dorset Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages with a $28 entry fee by December 31. All entries are considered for...

Entry Feesort icon $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Codhill Press
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Pauline Uchmanowicz will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $30 entry fee...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/10/14
Sponsor and Award PEN Center USA
Literary Awards

Prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation published in 2014 by authors residing west of the Mississippi River. The winners will also...

Entry Feesort icon $35 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Meringoff Awards

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers journal, Literary Imagination, or its newsletter, Literary Matters, are given...

Entry Feesort icon $45 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Writing Fellowships
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Writing Fellowships

Fellowships for a seven-month residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, are given annually to four poets and four fiction writers who have not published a full-length book in...

Entry Feesort icon $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award Stanford University
Wallace Stegner Fellowships

Ten two-year fellowships, five in poetry and five in fiction, are given annually to allow emerging writers to develop their craft in workshops with senior faculty members at Stanford University. Each...

Entry Feesort icon $75 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $26,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/1/14