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 Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of at least $30,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to six writers working on a first or second book of poetry...

Entry Feesort icon $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $30,000 Prize includes Reading, Workshop, Residency Application Deadline 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award Center for Documentary Studies
Documentary Essay Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication in the Center for Documentary Studies online magazine is given biennially for an essay that demonstrates a "reliance on documentary methods, specifically immersive...

Entry Feesort icon $40 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/17
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 $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/17
Sponsor and Award James Jones Literary Society
First Novel Fellowship

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work will be published in Provincetown Arts. Runners-up...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/15/17
Sponsor and Award National Poetry Series
Open Competition

Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers include Beacon Press, Ecco, Milkweed...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/17
Sponsor and Award Balcones Center for Creative Writing
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three copies of a book published in 2016 (...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/31/17