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
James Laughlin Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a U.S. poet that will be published in the forthcoming year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency at the...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award St. Francis College
Literary Prize

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially for a third, fourth, or fifth published book of fiction. Self-published books and English translations are eligible. Erin McGraw, Sigrid Nunez, and Daniel Torday...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $50,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/1/15
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 Sozopol Fiction Seminars
English and Bulgarian Scholarships
Ten scholarships, valued at approximately $1,600 each, to attend the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Sozopol, Bulgaria, are given annually to five fiction writers working in English and five working in...
Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,600 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/20/15
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 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 Passaic County Community College
Paterson Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a novel or short story collection published in the previous year. Publishers may submit books published in 2014 by April 1. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE,...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/1/15
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 Washington College
Hodson-Brown Fellowship

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) working on a book relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $20,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Fellowships and Grants

Individual Artist Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to Minnesota writers, and Career Development Grants of up to $3,000 each are given twice a year to Minnesota writers to pursue a specific...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Winning Writers
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a humorous poem. Jendi Reiter will judge. Using the online submission system, submit one poem of any length by April...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/1/15
Sponsor and Award Loft Literary Center
Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one year. Writers who have published no...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/3/15
Sponsor and Award The Writer's Center
McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize

A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Authors, publishers, and agents may submit three copies of a novel published in 2014 by March 14....

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/14/15
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 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 Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge
Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that "illuminates the heritage of America's mid-continental prairies."...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Poetry Foundation
Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships

Five fellowships of $25,800 each are given annually to emerging poets. Writers who are U.S. citizens between the ages of 21 and 31 as of April 30 are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $25,800 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/15
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 Gemini Magazine
Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $5 entry fee by March 31. Send an SASE, call...

Entry Feesort icon $5 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm
Frost Farm Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Evansville Review is given annually for a poem written in a metrical form. The winner also receives an invitation and honorarium to read at the Hyla Brook...

Entry Feesort icon $5 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 4/1/15
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 $5 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/23/15
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 Breakwater Review
Peseroff Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review will be given annually for a single poem. Jill McDonough will judge. Submit three poems of any length with a $10 entry fee by May 15. Visit...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award Lascaux Review
Flash Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a work of flash fiction. Previously published and unpublished stories are eligible. Submit a story of up to 1,000 words...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Crab Orchard Review
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a poem of up to five...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/21/15
Sponsor and Award Poetry International
Poetry International Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. Carol Frost will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem) by...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/1/15
Sponsor and Award Glimmer Train Press
Family Matters

A prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story about families of all configurations. Using the online...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Colorado Review
Nelligan Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Lauren Groff will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $15 entry fee by March 14. All entries are...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/14/15
Sponsor and Award Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given quarterly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000....
Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/15
Sponsor and Award Glimmer Train Press
Very Short Fiction Award

A prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given quarterly for a very short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 3...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Cave Canem Foundation
Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Graywolf Press is given annually for a first poetry collection by a poet of African descent. Nikky Finney will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...
Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/9/15
Sponsor and Award New South
Writing Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or an essay. Roger Reeves will judge in poetry; Rebecca Makkai will judge in prose. Using the...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/15/15
Sponsor and Award Carve Magazine
Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Carve Magazine is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic submissions) by May 15....

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award Florida Review
Editors' Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three to five poems or up to 25...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/17/15
Sponsor and Award Georgia Review
Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the spring issue of Georgia Review is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Submit a poem of any length with a $15 entry fee (there is no...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award Passages North
Literary Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a poem or group of poems and an essay. Submit up to three poems or an essay of up to 7,500 words with a $15...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/20/15
Sponsor and Award CURA
Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action will be given annually for a short story based on a theme. The theme this year is "Borderlands." Using the online...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/15
Sponsor and Award Press 53
Prime Number Magazine Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine will be given annually for a poem, a work of short fiction, and a work of creative nonfiction. Alan Michael Parker will judge...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Sonora Review
Annual Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and a micro-essay. Rusty Morrison will judge in poetry, Stuart Dybek...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award Fish Publishing
Poetry Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,160) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the West Cork Literary...

Entry Feesort icon $16 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,160 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Winning Writers
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Arthur Powers will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a short...

Entry Feesort icon $16 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Australian Book Review
Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

A prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $4,100) and publication in Australian Book Review will be given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of $2,000 AUD (approximately $1,640) and a...

Entry Feesort icon $16 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/15
Sponsor and Award Fish Publishing
Flash Fiction Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,248) and publication in the 2015 Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. Bret Anthony Johnston will judge. Submit a story of up to 300...

Entry Feesort icon $17 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,248 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/15
Sponsor and Award DIAGRAM
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or mixed-genre work. Ander Monson will judge. Submit a...

Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/27/15
Sponsor and Award Oberon
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Oberon is given annually for a poem. Pramila Venkateswaran will judge. Submit up to three poems with an $18 entry fee, which includes a copy of Oberon...

Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/1/15
Sponsor and Award Omnidawn Publishing
Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Brian Teare will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 40 pages with an $18 entry fee...

Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Nimrod International Journal
Nimrod Literary Awards

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for works of poetry and short fiction. The winners also receive transportation and lodging to attend...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
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 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 Bellingham Review
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for Poetry is given for a poem...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award University of Iowa Press
Iowa Poetry Prize

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20 entry fee during the month of April. Call or visit the website for...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $20 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Ruminate Magazine
Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate Magazine is given annually for a poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to two poems of no more than 40 lines each with a $20 entry fee...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/5/15
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 Fourth Genre
Steinberg Essay Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Current and former students of Michigan State University are ineligible. Submit an essay of up to 6,000 words...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Carolina Wren Press
Poetry Series

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a first or second poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $20...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
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 CutBank
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by CutBank, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The editors will judge. Using the online submission...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Northern Colorado Writers
Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Pooled Ink, the Northern Colorado Writers anthology, is given annually for a short story. Robert Garner McBrearty will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Spoon River Poetry Review
Editors' Prize

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

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/15/15
Sponsor and Award A Room of Her Own Foundation
Book Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Red Hen Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of prose by women writers. The winners also receive $1,000 each for promotional and travel...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/1/15
Sponsor and Award Arts & Letters
Arts & Letters Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Stephen Dunn will judge in poetry, Kyle Minor will judge...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Cutthroat is given annually for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation over 5,000...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award New Ohio Review
Prizes in Poetry and Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems and a short story. Robert Pinsky will judge in poetry; Maud Casey will judge in...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Tusculum Review
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tusculum Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Manuscripts with one or two authors are eligible. Submit a chapbook of 20 to 30 pages with a $20...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award ABQ Writers Co-op
Bosque Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in bosque is given annually for a short story or novel excerpt by a writer over the age of 40. Lynne Sharon Schwartz will judge. Using the online submission...

Entry Feesort icon $22 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Narrative
Winter Story Contest

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place prize...

Entry Feesort icon $22 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
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 3/22/15
Sponsor and Award Ploughshares
Emerging Writer's Contest

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are...

Entry Feesort icon $24 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award Ashland Poetry Press
Richard Snyder Publication Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ashland Poetry Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Ashland University. David St. John...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Marsh Hawk Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Stephanie Strickland will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 30....

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award University of Pittsburgh Press
Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection may submit a manuscript of...
Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
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 Cleveland State University
Poetry Center Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center are given annually for poetry collections. The First Book Prize is open to poets who have not published a full-...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
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 Black Lawrence Press
Hudson Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system,...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Symphony Space
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,000 and tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop is given annually for a short story. The winning work will be published on the Electric...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Workshop Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Southwest Review
David Nathan Meyerson Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a full-length book of fiction. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/15
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 Hidden River Publishing
Eludia Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Sowilo Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, and 10 author copies is given annually for a first novel or short story collection by a woman over the age of 40 who...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
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 Pen Parentis
Writing Fellowship for New Parents

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Brain, Child is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The winner also receives an invitation to give a reading...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 4/17/15
Sponsor and Award Hub City Press
New Southern Voices Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hub City Press is given biennially for a poetry collection. U.S. poets who have published no more than one full-length poetry collection and who have lived in Alabama...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/15/15
Sponsor and Award Noemi Press
Book Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Noemi Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a novel or short story collection. The editors will judge. Submit up to 70 pages of poetry or a...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Zone 3 Press
Creative Nonfiction Book Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a memoir or essay collection. Amy Fusselman will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 15...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/15/15
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 The Word Works
Washington Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Word Works, a nonprofit literary organization, is given annually to a U.S. or Canadian poet for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Late Night Library
Debut-litzer Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a debut book of poetry and a book of fiction published in the previous year. The winners will also be featured on the Late Night Library podcast series....

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Southeast Missouri State University Press
Cowles Poetry Book Prize

A prize of $2,000, publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/1/15
Sponsor and Award Trio House Press
First/Second Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The winner is also asked to serve as a part-time volunteer for Trio...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Trio House Press
Louise Bogan Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also asked to serve as a part-time volunteer for Trio House Press for two...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
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 Cleveland State University
Essay Collection Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center will be given annually for an essay collection. Wayne Koestenbaum will judge. Using the online submission system, submit...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Sow's Ear Press
Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Sow's Ear Press with distribution to Sow's Ear Poetry Review subscribers, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Sam Rasnake will judge. Submit a...

Entry Feesort icon $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/15
Sponsor and Award Kore Press
First Book Award

A prize of $1,500, publication by Kore Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a debut poetry collection by a female-identified poet. Poets who have not published a full-length collection or a...

Entry Feesort icon $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Four Way Books
Levis Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given biennially for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. The winner will also be invited to participate in a reading in New York City. Martha...

Entry Feesort icon $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
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 Tupelo Press
Berkshire Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages with a $28 entry fee by April 30. All entries are...

Entry Feesort icon $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15