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 Real Simple
Life Lessons Essay Contest

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Real Simple is given annually for an essay on a theme. A second-place prize of $750 and a third-place prize of $500 are also given. The theme this year is "...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/21/15
Sponsor and Award Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute Fellowships

Fellowships of $75,000 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $75,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 9/23/15
Sponsor and Award University of Iowa Press
Short Fiction Awards

Two publication awards are given annually by University of Iowa Press for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible. Submit a manuscript of at...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship

An award of approximately $54,000 is given annually to a U.S. poet for a year of travel and study abroad. Submit two copies of either up to 40 pages of poetry or a published book and up to 20 pages of...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $54,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 10/15/15
Sponsor and Award South Carolina Arts Commission
Artist Fellowships

Two fellowships of $5,000 each are given biennially to a poet and a fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer. Writers who have been residents of South Carolina for two years prior to the application...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award American Antiquarian Society
Fellowships for Creative Writers

Fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for monthlong residencies at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, to research pre-...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,150 Prize includes Application Deadline 10/5/15
Sponsor and Award Massachusetts Cultural Council
Artist Fellowships

Up to six grants of $10,000 each are given biennially to Massachusetts poets. Up to six finalists will also receive $1,000 grants. Using the online submission system, submit up to 15 pages of poetry by...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 10/5/15
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 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Writing Fellowships

Fellowships of approximately $50,000 each are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise. Residents of the United...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $50,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 9/18/15
Sponsor and Award Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival
Brooklyn Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the borough's "rich...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 11/15/15
Sponsor and Award American Academy in Berlin
Berlin Prize Fellowships

Up to five residential fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to spend one to two academic semesters in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award New York Public Library
Cullman Center Fellowships

Up to 15 fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the New York Public Library...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $70,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 9/25/15
Sponsor and Award Washington College
Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is given annually to a...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $45,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 11/1/15
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 A Public Space
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three six-month fellowships of $1,000 each, publication in A Public Space, mentorship from an established author who has contributed to A Public Space, and optional workspace in the...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/15/15
Sponsor and Award Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Career Development Grants

Grants of up to $3,000 are given twice yearly to allow Minnesota writers to take advantage of a specific arts opportunity. Poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are U.S. citizens...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 10/30/15
Sponsor and Award Drake University
Emerging Writer Award

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a first book of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or graphic poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, published in the last three years. The prize is given in...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 9/15/15
Sponsor and Award Key West Literary Seminar
Emerging Writer Awards

Three prizes valued at $4,000 each will be given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have not published a book with a major publisher. The winners will each...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $4,000 Prize includes Workshop Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award Stadler Center for Poetry
Poetry Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a $20,000 stipend, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, will be given annually to a poet who has not published a...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $20,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 10/1/15
Sponsor and Award Formalist
Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry is given annually for a sonnet. Gail White will judge. Submit a sonnet with a $3 entry fee by November 15. Send an SASE or...

Entry Feesort icon $3 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/15/15
Sponsor and Award Southwest Review
Morton Marr Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a poem or a group of poems by a writer who has not published a poetry collection. Submit up to six poems in a...

Entry Feesort icon $5 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
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 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 10/24/15
Sponsor and Award Coffee-House Poetry
Troubadour International Poetry Prize

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $7,750) is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,550) is also given. Both winners receive publication on the Coffee-House Poetry...

Entry Feesort icon $8 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $7,750 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 10/19/15
Sponsor and Award Madison Review
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Madison Review are given annually for a group of three poems and a short story. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than 15...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/15
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 Mid-American Review
Poetry and Fiction Contests

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mid-American Review are given annually for a single poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems for the James Wright Poetry Award or a short...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award Poetry Society of the United Kingdom
National Poetry Competition

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $7,750) and publication in Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in the United Kingdom. A...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $7,750 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award Winning Writers
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a poem in any style and a poem that either rhymes or is written in a traditional style. Ellaraine Lockie...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award Lascaux Review
Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a poem. Submit up to five poems of any length with a $10 entry fee by September 30. Previously published poems are...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award Hit & Run Press
William Dickey Memorial Broadside Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication as a broadside by Hit & Run Press will be given annually for a poem. Forrest Gander will judge. Submit a poem between 12 to 30 lines with a $10 entry fee by November...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/15/15
Sponsor and Award Literal Latté
Essay Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a personal essay. Submit an essay of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($5 for each additional essay) by September...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award Hippocampus Magazine
Remember in November Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication in Hippocampus Magazine, and free admission to the annual HippoCamp Conference in Fall 2016 will be given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system...

Entry Feesort icon $12 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award Finishing Line Press
Open Chapbook Competition
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also receives a standard royalty contract for a Kindle edition of the winning chapbook. Submit a...
Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award American Literary Review
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems,...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/15
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 Reed Magazine
Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $15 entry fee, which...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/15
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 Dana Awards
Dana Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and a novel or novel-in-progress. Submit five poems of no more than 100 lines each with a $15 entry fee, a short story...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award Crab Orchard Review
Special Issue Feature Awards

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "Family, Enemies, Friends: The...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/15
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 Whitefish Review
Montana Award for Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Whitefish Review is given annually for a short story. Rick Bass will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/15
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 Reed Magazine
Gabriele Rico Challenge in Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,333 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,333 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award Reed Magazine
John Steinbeck Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/15
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 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. Submit a story of up to 12...

Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
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 $18 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award Alligator Juniper
National Writing Contest

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Alligator Juniper are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems or a story or essay of up to 30 pages with a $...

Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/15/15
Sponsor and Award Omnidawn Publishing
Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction. Brian Evenson will judge. Submit a manuscript of one or more stories...

Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/26/15
Sponsor and Award Cutthroat
Writing Awards

Three prizes of $1,250 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Natalie Diaz will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award; Stuart Dybek...

Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,250 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/20/15
Sponsor and Award Briar Cliff Review
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than six...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award Zoetrope: All-Story
Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope: All-Story website is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists are considered for representation by several literary agencies,...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/15
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 Boston Review
Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a short story. Jennifer Egan will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a six-...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/15
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 Southern Indiana Review
Mary C. Mohr Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given in alternating years for a poem or a short story. The 2015 award will be given in fiction. ZZ Packer will judge. Submit a...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/15
Sponsor and Award Arcadia
Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication in Arcadia, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winning chapbook will be distributed to all Arcadia subscribers. Submit a...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/15/15
Sponsor and Award Indiana Review
Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a short story. Laura van den Berg will judge. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/15/15
Sponsor and Award Missouri Review
Editors' Prize

Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or up to 25 pages of prose...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/15
Sponsor and Award North American Review
James Hearst Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in North American Review is given annually for a poem. Jane Hirshfield will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $20 entry...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award Northern Colorado Writers
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Pooled Ink, the Northern Colorado Writers anthology, is given annually for a poem. Joseph Hutchison will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 250...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Los Angeles Review is given annually for a poem. Camille Dungy will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 120 lines each with a $20 entry fee by...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award Tucson Festival of Books
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of five poems, a short story, and an essay, or an excerpt from a novel or memoir. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Workshop Application Deadline 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award Southeast Missouri State University Press
Mighty River Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Big Muddy, a literary journal published by Southeast Missouri State University Press, will be given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 30...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/15
Sponsor and Award Coal Hill Review
Poetry Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Coal Hill Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winning work will also appear in Coal Hill Review online. Michael Simms will judge....

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award Ghost Story
Supernatural Fiction Award

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

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection or novel. Kate Gale will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 200 pages with a $20 entry fee by October 31...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Nonfiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a essay collection or memoir. Kate Gale will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 200 pages with a $20 entry fee by October 31....

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award Narrative
30 Below Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30...

Entry Feesort icon $23 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/15/15
Sponsor and Award American Poetry Review
Honickman First Book Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by American Poetry Review is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winning book is distributed by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium. Nick Flynn...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award University of Massachusetts Press
Juniper Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a novel or novella....

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award New Criterion
Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by St. Augustine's Press is given annually for a poetry collection that pays close attention to form. Roger Kimball, Adam Kirsch, and David Yezzi will judge. Submit a...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award New Issues Poetry & Prose
Green Rose Prize
A prize of $2,000 and publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose is given annually for a poetry collection. Poets who have published at least one full-length collection of poetry are eligible. Submit a...
Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award Truman State University Press
T. S. Eliot Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Truman State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Send an SASE, call...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award University of Wisconsin Press
Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Wisconsin Press are given annually for poetry collections. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 90 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28 for electronic...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/15/15
Sponsor and Award Yale University Press
Yale Series of Younger Poets
An award of publication by Yale University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an early-career poet who has not published a full-length book of poetry. Carl Phillips will judge. Submit a...
Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $25 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/15/15
Sponsor and Award Brick Road Poetry Press
Book Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Brick Road Poetry Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Keith Badowski and Ron Self will judge. Using the online submission system,...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award Fiction Collective Two
Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a short story collection, novella, novella collection, or novel. U.S....

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $15,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award National Federation of State Poetry Societies
Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by National Federation of State Poetry Societies Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $25...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/15
Sponsor and Award Les Figues Press
NOS Book Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press is given annually for an innovative book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Cross-genre collections are also eligible. lê thi diem thúy will...

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

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Salt Hill Journal is given annually for a work of fiction written in the fabulist experimental style of Italo Calvino. The winner will also receive airfare...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/14/15
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 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 Southeast Missouri State University Press
Nilsen Literary Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, a novella, or a collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel....

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/15
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 Silverfish Review Press
Gerald Cable Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection may submit a...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/15/15
Sponsor and Award University of North Texas Press
Vassar Miller Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award Washington Writers' Publishing House
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers Publishing House, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or a novel. Writers who live in...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award Fiction Collective Two
Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a short story collection, novella, novella collection, or novel. U.S. writers who have not previously published a book...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award New Rivers Press
Many Voices Project Competition

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an emerging writer. The winning works are published by New Rivers Press and...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award River Teeth
Literary Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Andre Dubus III will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 400 pages with a $25...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/15/15
Sponsor and Award Tupelo Press
Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize

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 October 31. Send an SASE or visit the website for...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15
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