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 Ohio Arts Council
Individual Excellence Awards

Grants of $5,000 are awarded biennially to Ohio poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers who have been residents of Ohio for one year prior to the application deadline and are not...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 9/1/15
Sponsor and Award Utica College
Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a resident of upstate New York. The winner must also give a reading and teach a master class at Utica College in April 2016. Submit two...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 8/31/15
Sponsor and Award Dogfish Head Brewery
Poetry Prize

A prize of $500, publication by Broadkill River Press, and two cases of Dogfish Head beer will be given annually for a poetry collection written by a poet living in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/7/15
Sponsor and Award Gemini Magazine
Flash Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of up to 1,000 words with a $5 entry fee ($4 for each...

Entry Feesort icon $5 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/31/15
Sponsor and Award PEN Center USA
Emerging Voices Fellowships

Fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who lack access to financial and creative support. Each fellow participates in an eight-...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 8/10/15
Sponsor and Award Dogwood
Literary Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Dogwood is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 22 pages of prose with a $...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/5/15
Sponsor and Award Rosebud
X. J. Kennedy Award for Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for an essay. Roderick Clark and Robert Wake will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee by August 15....

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/15/15
Sponsor and Award Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given quarterly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not been published in a print...
Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/31/15
Sponsor and Award Slippery Elm
Poetry and Prose Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/1/15
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 $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $6,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 9/4/15
Sponsor and Award phren-Z
Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest

Sponsored in collaboration with Santa Cruz Writes, a prize of $1,000 and publication in phren-Z is given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the sixth...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 9/1/15
Sponsor and Award Arcadia
Nonfiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Arcadia is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 10,000 words with a $15 entry fee by August 15. All...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/15/15
Sponsor and Award University of Notre Dame
Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a poetry collection. Writers who have published at least one poetry collection are eligible. Joyelle McSweeney...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/1/15
Sponsor and Award Gulf Coast
Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a piece of short prose. Steve Almond will judge. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to...

Entry Feesort icon $17 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/31/15
Sponsor and Award Gulf Coast
Prize in Translation

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast will be given annually for a work of translation into English. The prize alternates between poetry and prose; the 2015 prize will be given for...

Entry Feesort icon $17 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/31/15
Sponsor and Award Carlow University
Patricia Dobler Poetry Award

A prize valued at $2,000 is given annually to a woman poet over 40 years of age who has not published a book in any genre. The winner receives $1,000; publication in Voices From the Attic, the...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 9/5/15
Sponsor and Award Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Winners and finalists will be invited to read their poems at Beyond Baroque in April 2016. Submit up to four poems of no more than 40 lines each with a $20...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 9/1/15
Sponsor and Award Black Warrior Review
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Heather Christle will judge in poetry, Alissa Nutting will judge...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/1/15
Sponsor and Award Hunger Mountain
Creative Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Hunger Mountain website is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Submit an essay of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by September 10....

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/10/15
Sponsor and Award Indiana Review
"1/2 K" Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a work of flash fiction or nonfiction of up to 500 words. Kim Chinquee will judge. Submit up to three poems or...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/15/15
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 Farmingdale State College
Paumanok Poetry Award

A prize of $1,500 and travel and lodging expenses to give a reading at Farmingdale State College is given annually for a group of poems. Submit three to five published or unpublished poems totaling no...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 9/15/15
Sponsor and Award Gival Press
Short Story Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Gival Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 5,000 to 15,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 8. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/8/15
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Carl Phillips will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 96 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. Call or...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/31/15
Sponsor and Award Snake Nation Press
Serena McDonald Kennedy Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a novella or short story collection. Submit a novella of up to 50,000 words or a short story collection of up to 200 pages...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/31/15
Sponsor and Award Snake Nation Press
Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 75 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. E-mail or visit the website...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/31/15
Sponsor and Award Ashland Creek Press
Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature

A prize of $1,000 and an offer of publication from Ashland Creek Press will be given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction that focuses on the environment, animal protection, ecology, or...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/1/15
Sponsor and Award Grayson Books
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Grayson Books will be given annually for a poetry collection. Mekeel McBride will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 15....

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/15/15
Sponsor and Award Red Mountain Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Mountain Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Denise Low will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $30 entry fee ($27 for electronic...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/15/15