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 Academy of American Poets
Harold Morton Landon Translation Award
A prize of $1,000 is given annually to a U.S. citizen for a translation of a book of poetry from any language into English published in the United States during the previous year. Collaborations by two...
Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/15/15
Sponsor and Award Virginia Commonwealth University
Levis Reading Prize
A prize of $2,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry published during the previous year. Faculty of the MFA program in...
Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 2/1/15
Sponsor and Award Binghamton University
Book Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry collection of at least 48 pages....

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/1/15
Sponsor and Award Brown University
International Writers Project Fellowship

A fellowship, including a stipend of $45,000, is given annually to an established international poet or fiction writer "who is unable to practice free expression in his or her homeland." The fellowship...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $45,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/15/15
Sponsor and Award Passaic County Community College
Paterson Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet must participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading at the Poetry Center in Paterson, New...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 2/1/15
Sponsor and Award Tennessee Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships

Up to three grants of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are financially compensated for their work as professional artists and are current...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/26/15
Sponsor and Award Banipal Trust for Arab Literature
Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $4,713) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English and published for the first time in English during the previous year....

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $4,713 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/28/15
Sponsor and Award Library of Virginia
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year. Books by writers who were born in or are...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/12/15
Sponsor and Award Mississippi Arts Commission
Literary Artist Fellowships

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in creative nonfiction....

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/2/15
Sponsor and Award Alabama State Council on the Arts
Individual Artist Grants

Fellowships of $5,000 are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using the online submission system,...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/1/15
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 Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Stadler Center for Poetry
Philip Roth Residencies

Two four-month residencies, each of which include a $4,000 stipend, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given in alternating years to poets, fiction writers, and creative...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $4,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/1/15
Sponsor and Award Academy of American Poets
Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship Award

A fellowship of $25,000 and a five-week residency at the American Academy in Rome is given biennially to a U.S. translator for a work-in-progress of modern Italian poetry translated into English. Adria...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 2/15/15
Sponsor and Award Broadside Lotus Press
Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award

A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript between 60 to 90 pages between January 2...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/15
Sponsor and Award Bronx Council on the Arts
BRIO Artist Awards

Grants of $3,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who reside in the Bronx in New York City. Winners must complete a one-time public service activity as...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/30/15
Sponsor and Award Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission
United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies

Up to five residencies of three to five months, each of which include a monthly stipend of $20,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support, are awarded annually to published U.S. poets,...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $20,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/2/15
Sponsor and Award National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships

Grants of $25,000 each are awarded annually to poets or prose writers in alternating years. This year grants will be awarded to prose writers. Fiction and creative nonfiction writers who have published...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/11/15
Sponsor and Award Sixfold
Short Story and Poetry Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than...

Entry Feesort icon $3 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/24/15
Sponsor and Award Atlanta Review
International Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Atlanta Review is given annually for a poem. Dan Veach will judge. Submit a poem of any length by mail with a $5 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem), or...

Entry Feesort icon $5 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/15
Sponsor and Award Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation
Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Marilyn Chin will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March 14. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the...
Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/14/15
Sponsor and Award Sustainable Arts Foundation
Writing Awards

Up to five awards of $6,000 each and up to five Promise Awards of $2,000 each are given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $6,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/27/15
Sponsor and Award Winter Anthology
Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a single story or essay, or a full-length novel, novella, or collection of poetry, short stories, or...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Booth
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Booth will be given annually for a single poem. Ellen Bryant Voigt will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $10 entry fee, which includes a copy of the...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/15
Sponsor and Award Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine
Hippocrates Prize Open International Award

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $7,856) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology is given annually for a poem on a medical theme. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,571) is also...

Entry Feesort icon $11 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $7,856 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Robert Frost Foundation
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem written in the spirit of Robert Frost. Submit two copies of up to three poems totaling no more than three pages with a $12 entry fee per poem by February 1...

Entry Feesort icon $12 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/1/15
Sponsor and Award A Room of Her Own Foundation
Orlando Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by women writers. Submit a poem of no more...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award The Pinch
Literary Awards

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Pinch is given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems or a short story or essay of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/15
Sponsor and Award New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given for a poem, a work of fiction, a work of short short fiction, and a work of nonfiction (including creative...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award St. Petersburg Review
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in St. Petersburg Review is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/2/15
Sponsor and Award Iowa Review
Iowa Review Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Srikanth Reddy will judge in poetry, Kevin Brockmeier will...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Enizagam
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Enizagam are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Chinaka Hodge will judge in poetry and Taiye Selasi will judge in fiction. Using...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/15
Sponsor and Award Crazyhorse
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Alberto Ros will judge in poetry; Adam Johnson will judge in fiction;...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Southern Illinois University
Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in October 2015 are given annually...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 2/2/15
Sponsor and Award Wag's Revue
Winter Writers' Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Wag's Revue is given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, or an essay. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/15
Sponsor and Award Gulf Coast
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or a story or essay...

Entry Feesort icon $23 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Ahsahta Press
Sawtooth Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500, publication by Ahsahta Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Boise State University are ineligible. Ed Roberson will...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/15
Sponsor and Award Dream Horse Press
American Poetry Journal Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Dream Horse Press is given annually for a poetry collection. J. P. Dancing Bear will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 65 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/15
Sponsor and Award Main Street Rag
Poetry Book Award

A prize of $1,200, publication by Main Street Rag, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors and previous winners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,200 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Writers at Work
Fellowship Competition

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or a novel excerpt, and an essay. The winners will also be published in Quarterly West and will receive tuition...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award 42 Miles Press
42 Miles Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by 42 Miles Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Indiana University in South Bend are ineligible. David...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/15
Sponsor and Award Tupelo Press
Snowbound Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28. All entries are considered for...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/15
Sponsor and Award Southern Indiana Review
Michael Waters Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 80 pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page)...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/2/15
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 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Image
Milton Postgraduate Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, including a $16,000 stipend, is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. Writers who are U.S. citizens and have...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $16,000 Prize includes Reading, Residency Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Persea Books
Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published at least one book of poetry. The winner also receives up to $1,000 for travel...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/5/15
Sponsor and Award Prairie Schooner
Book Prizes

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Kwame Dawes will judge. Submit a poetry manuscript of at...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Sarabande Books
Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages...

Entry Feesort icon $27 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/15
Sponsor and Award Fence Books
Modern Poets Series

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Fence Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee, which includes...

Entry Feesort icon $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/15
Sponsor and Award Kundiman/Tupelo Press
Kundiman Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an Asian American poet. The board members of Kundiman and Tupelo Press will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50...

Entry Feesort icon $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Award Series

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by a...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/15
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 Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/15
Sponsor and Award Georgetown Review Press
Poetry Manuscript Contest

A prize of $1,200 and publication by Georgetown Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Terrance Hayes will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $30 entry fee by February...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,200 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/15
Sponsor and Award Balcones Center for Creative Writing
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three copies of a book published in 2014 (...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Award Malahat Review
Long Poem Prize

Two prizes of $1,000 Canadian (approximately $879) each and publication in Malahat Review will be given biennially for a single long poem. Evan Jones, Anita Lahey, and Alice Major will judge....

Entry Feesort icon $40 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/1/15
Sponsor and Award University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of $30,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to five writers working on a first or second book of poetry or...

Entry Feesort icon $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $30,000 Prize includes Reading, Workshop, Residency Application Deadline 2/28/15