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 Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, or Swedish work of poetry, fiction,...
Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/15
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 a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction, with...
Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 7/1/15
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. In addition, one Women Writers Fellowship of...
Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/26/15
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 6/22/15
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 writer who has lived in Maryland for at least three years and is currently a resident. Books published...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/15/15
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 7/1/15
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 5/30/15
Sponsor and Award Ledbury Poetry Festival
Poetry Competition

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,540) and a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writers' Centre of Wales, will be given annually for a poem. Deryn Rees-Jones will judge. The winner will also be invited...

Entry Feesort icon $8 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,540 Prize includes Application Deadline 7/9/15
Sponsor and Award New England Poetry Club
Daniel Varoujan Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem in honor of Daniel Varoujan, an Armenian poet killed in the genocide in Turkey in 1915. Submit a poem with a $10 entry fee by May 31. Send an SASE, e-mail,...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/31/15
Sponsor and Award River Styx
International Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a poem. Andrew Hudgins 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 5/31/15
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 prose influenced by fairy tales. Joyelle McSweeney will judge in poetry, and...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/15/15
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 12 poems) by July 15...

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

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $7,700) 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 $1,540)...

Entry Feesort icon $11 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $7,700 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/15
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 6/1/15
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. Sascha Feinstein will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages with a $15 entry fee by June...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/19/15
Sponsor and Award Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website is given annually for a poem that explores "positive visions of peace and the human spirit." Submit two copies of up to three...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/1/15
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. Cathy Park Hong will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/15
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....

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 7/8/15
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 7/1/15
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 7/15/15
Sponsor and Award Mudfish
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,200 and publication in Mudfish is given annually for a poem. Edward Hirsch will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem) by...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,200 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/15/15
Sponsor and Award Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press
Poetry Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press is given biennially for a poetry chapbook by a U.S. poet. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 10 to 15 pages with a $20...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/15/15
Sponsor and Award New Guard
Poetry and Fiction Contest

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Guard are given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt. Roger Bonair-Agard will judge the Knightville Poetry Contest; Adam Braver...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/20/15
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. Carmen Giménez Smith will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/15
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. Allison Joseph will judge. Submit up to five poems of 40 lines each with a $25 entry fee ($5 for each...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/1/15
Sponsor and Award Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women

Grants of $500 to $1,500 each 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 women poets and creative...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/30/15
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. Richard Blanco will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28 for...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/15
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 6/15/15
Sponsor and Award Backwaters Press
Backwaters Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Backwaters Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Heid E. Erdrich will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 60 to 85 pages with...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/15
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 6/30/15
Sponsor and Award Matrix Magazine
Lit POP Awards

Two prizes valued at $2,000 each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The winners will receive $100, publication in Matrix Magazine, and transportation and lodging to...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/30/15
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 6/1/15
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. Mekeel McBride will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/15
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. Claudia Rankine 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 6/30/15
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 6/30/15
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 5/31/15
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. Yusef Komunyakaa will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

Entry Feesort icon $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/15
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 6/30/15
Sponsor and Award Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

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

Entry Feesort icon $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/14/15