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 living 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, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes weeklong residency in Florida Application Deadline 5/15/16
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 book of poetry translated from any language into English and published in the United States during the previous year. Collaborations by more...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/15/16
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 $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/16
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 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award Lake Forest College
Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency

A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at Lake Forest College is given...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication, Residency Application Deadline 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award Banipal Trust for Arab Literature
Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $4,470) 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 $4,470 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/31/16
Sponsor and Award Kentucky Arts Council
Artist Fellowships and Awards

Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships of $7,500 each are given biennially to Kentucky poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Emerging Artist Awards of $1,000 each are also given...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $7,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/16/16
Sponsor and Award Library of Virginia
Literary Awards

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

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/12/16
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 poetry and fiction....

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/1/16
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 two copies of a book published in 2015 by April 1. There is no entry fee....

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/1/16
Sponsor and Award Leeway Foundation
Art and Change Grants

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly by the Leeway Foundation to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award Alabama State Council on the Arts
Individual Artist Grants

Fellowships of $5,000 each 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 3/1/16
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 up to 250 lines by...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/1/16
Sponsor and Award Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. Writers enrolled in a degree-...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/5/16
Sponsor and Award Center for Fiction
New York City Emerging Writers Fellowship

Fellowships of $5,000 each, membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and access to writing space is given annually to fiction writers living in New York City who have not yet published a...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/29/16
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 4/1/16
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 2015 by March 11....

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/11/16
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 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships

Grants of $25,000 each are awarded in alternating years to poets and prose writers. This year grants will be awarded to poets. Poets who have published either a full-length collection of poetry of at...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/9/16
Sponsor and Award Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge
Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is 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." Authors and...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/16
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. residents or citizens between the ages of 21 and 31 as of April 30 are eligible. Using the online submission...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $25,800 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Award Academy of American Poets
Raiziss/de Palchi Book Prize

A prize of $10,000 is given biennially to a U.S. translator for a book of modern Italian poetry translated into English. Translations of work written in standard (non-dialect) Italian by living...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/15/16
Sponsor and Award Washington College
Hodson Trust–John Carter 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 3/15/16
Sponsor and Award American Literary Translators Association
Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize

A prize of $5,000 will be given annually for a book of poetry translated from an Asian language into English and published in the previous year. Translations of Zen Buddhist source texts are also...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/8/16
Sponsor and Award American Literary Translators Association
Italian Prose in Translation Award

A prize of $5,000 will be given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction translated from Italian into English and published in the previous year. Michael Moore, Jamie Richards, and Russell Valentino...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/8/16
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 $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Award Writing Ranch
Waterston Desert Writing Prize

A prize of $1,500 and a four-week residency at the PLAYA retreat in Summer Lake, Oregon, will be given annually for a nonfiction work-in-progress that "recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 4/1/16
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 3/1/16
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 3/31/16
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 a scholarship and honorarium to attend and read at the...

Entry Feesort icon $5 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/1/16
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 4/23/16
Sponsor and Award Talking Gourds
Mark Fischer Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Telluride Arts website will be given annually for a poem by a poet living west of the Mississippi River, or in Michigan or Wisconsin. The winner will also receive...

Entry Feesort icon $9 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/15/16
Sponsor and Award Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation
Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poem. Edward Hirsch will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March 15. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the...
Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/15/16
Sponsor and Award Breakwater Review
Peseroff Prize

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

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16
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 up to three stories of no...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/16
Sponsor and Award Salem State University
Claire Keyes Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East will be given annually for a group of poems. Submit 8 to 10 pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page) with a $10 entry fee, which...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award Breakwater Review
Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review will be given annually for a story. Askold Melnyczuk will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $10 entry fee by May 15. All...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Award Southampton Review
Frank McCourt Memoir Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southampton Review will be given annually for a personal essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/16
Sponsor and Award Australian Book Review
Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

A prize of $7,000 AUD (approximately $5,040) and publication in Australian Book Review is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of $2,000 AUD (approximately $1,440) and a third-...

Entry Feesort icon $14 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $7,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/11/16
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 4/21/16
Sponsor and Award Poetry International
Poetry International Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. Sam Taylor 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 4/1/16
Sponsor and Award Colorado Review
Nelligan Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Gish Jen 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 3/14/16
Sponsor and Award Fish Publishing
Poetry Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,090) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at the West Cork Literary Festival in...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,090 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 3/31/16
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 essay. Anya Silver will judge in poetry; Matthew Salesses will judge in prose. Using the...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/15/16
Sponsor and Award Carve Magazine
Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,500 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. Visit...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Award Finishing Line Press
New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook written by a woman who has not yet published a full-length collection. Leah Maines will judge. Submit a...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/16
Sponsor and Award Fish Publishing
Flash Fiction Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,100) and publication in the 2016 Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. Nuala O'Connor will judge. Submit a story of up to 300 words with...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,100 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/16
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 2/26/16
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 3/30/16
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 poem. The editors will judge. Submit a poem of any length with a $15 entry fee (there is no fee...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Award Passages North
Literary Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a short story and a work of flash fiction or nonfiction. Submit a story of up to 7,500 words or a piece of...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/15/16
Sponsor and Award Press 53
Prime Number Magazine Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Kelly Cherry will judge in poetry, and Taylor Brown will judge in fiction....

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/15/16
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 an essay. Mathias Svalina will judge in poetry, Molly Antopol...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/16
Sponsor and Award Arcadia
Dead Bison Editors’ Prize

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arcadia will be given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10 pages of...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Award Glimmer Train Press
Very Short Fiction Award

A prize of $2,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a very short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 3,000...

Entry Feesort icon $16 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Award Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given three times a year for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,...
Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/29/16
Sponsor and Award Oberon
Poetry Prize

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

Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/2/16
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. Hoa Nguyen will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 40 pages with an $18 entry fee by...

Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/18/16
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 $18 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Award Passaic County Community College
Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review will be given annually for a poem. Submit four copies of up to five poems of no more than two pages each with an $18 entry fee by...

Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/1/16
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 $19 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/29/16
Sponsor and Award Cave Canem Foundation
Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Northwestern University Press is given biennially for a second book of poetry by an African American poet. Parneshia Jones and Jacqueline Jones LaMon will judge....

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/15/16
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 4/30/16
Sponsor and Award The Pinch
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Alex Lemon will judge in poetry, Leslie Pietrzyk will judge in fiction, and...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/16
Sponsor and Award Kore Press
Short Fiction Award

A prize of $1,250, publication by Kore Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a short story by a female-identified writer. Edwidge Danticat will judge. Using the online submission system,...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,250 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/14/16
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 3/31/16
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 3/15/16
Sponsor and Award Cave Canem Foundation
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a first book of poetry by a black poet of African descent. Kwame Dawes will judge. Using the online submission...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/16
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 4/30/16
Sponsor and Award Ruminate
William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/16
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. CAConrad will judge in poetry and Diane Cook will judge in fiction. Using the...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/18/16
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 $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 4/18/16
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 3/31/16
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 4/15/16
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. Carol Frost will judge in poetry, Kate Christensen will...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/16
Sponsor and Award Ghost Story
Supernatural Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Ghost Story website is given twice yearly for a short story with a supernatural or magic realism theme. The editors will judge. Submit a story of 1,500...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Award Hunger Mountain
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Hunger Mountain are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Lee Upton will judge in poetry, Janet Burroway will judge in fiction,...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award Los Angeles Review
Literary Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review will be given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Brynn Saito will judge in poetry, Tom...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/16
Sponsor and Award New Ohio Review
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Tony Hoagland will judge in poetry, Charles Johnson...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/15/16
Sponsor and Award Redivider
Beacon Street Prize

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Redivider will be given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Amy Gerstler will judge in poetry, Alexandra Kleeman will judge in...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Award Glimmer Train Press
Fiction Open

A prize of $3,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story. A $1,000 second-place prize is also given. The editors will judge. Using...

Entry Feesort icon $21 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Award Slope Editions
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Slope Editions is given annually for a poetry collection. Mary Ruefle will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 90 pages with a $22 entry fee ($25 for electronic...

Entry Feesort icon $22 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/16
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. Ned Stuckey-French will judge. Using...

Entry Feesort icon $22 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/16
Sponsor and Award Bosque Press
Bosque Fiction Prize

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

Entry Feesort icon $22 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/16
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. Rick Barot will judge in poetry, Ayana Mathis will judge in fiction, and...

Entry Feesort icon $23 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/9/16
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 longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-...

Entry Feesort icon $23 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/16
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 or self-published a book...

Entry Feesort icon $24 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16
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. Andrew Hudgins will judge. Submit a manuscript of 64 to 96 pages with a $25 entry...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/1/16
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. Mark Doty will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 30. Send an SASE...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/16
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 4/30/16
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. Anne Boyer will...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award PEN Northwest
Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency

A seven-month residency from April to October, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer to live and work at the Dutch Henry...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 3/1/16
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 3/31/16
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 5/1/16
Sponsor and Award Zone 3 Press
First Book Award for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a debut poetry collection. Douglas Kearney will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee, which includes...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/1/16
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 3/1/16
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 29. All entries are considered for...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/29/16
Sponsor and Award Image
Milton Postgraduate Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. The fellowship, valued at $25,000, includes a $5,000 stipend, a...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Reading, Residency Application Deadline 3/15/16
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 3/5/16
Sponsor and Award The Word Works
Washington Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Word Works is given annually to a U.S. or Canadian poet for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by March 15. Send an...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/16