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 University of Iowa Press
Short Fiction Awards

Two awards of publication by University of Iowa Press are given annually 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 9/30/16
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 up to 40 pages of poetry or a published book and up to 20 pages of poetry, a...
Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $54,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 10/15/16
Sponsor and Award American Antiquarian Society
Fellowships for Creative Writers

At least three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for four-week residencies at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) in Worcester, Massachusetts,...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline 10/5/16
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 nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the borough's "rich soul and...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 11/15/16
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 an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the American...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 9/30/16
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 9/30/16