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 Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Award Bellevue Literary Review
Prizes in Poetry and Prose

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works about health, healing, illness...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/1/15
Sponsor and Award Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website is given annually for a poem that explores "positive visions of peace and the human spirit." Submit two copies of up to three...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/1/15
Sponsor and Award Claremont Graduate University
Tufts Poetry Awards

The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner spends one week in residence at Claremont Graduate University in California. The...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $100,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 7/1/15
Sponsor and Award Nowhere Magazine
Spring Travel Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine will be given annually for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." John Jeremiah Sullivan will judge. Unpublished...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/1/15
Sponsor and Award Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
First Book Award

A prize of $2,500, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually for a poetry collection. U....

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 7/8/15
Sponsor and Award Ledbury Poetry Festival
Poetry Competition

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,540) and a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writers' Centre of Wales, will be given annually for a poem. Deryn Rees-Jones will judge. The winner will also be invited...

Entry Fee $8 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,540 Prize includes Application Deadline 7/9/15
Sponsor and Award Mark Twain House & Museum
Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a humorous short story or essay. Excerpts of the winning piece will be published on the Mark Twain House & Museum website. Ben Yagoda will judge. Submit a...

Entry Fee $22 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 7/10/15
Sponsor and Award Rattle
Poetry Prize

A prize of $10,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a poem. A Reader's Choice Award of $2,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Submit up to four poems of any length with a $20...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/15/15
Sponsor and Award Mudfish
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,200 and publication in Mudfish is given annually for a poem. Edward Hirsch will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem) by...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,200 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/15/15
Sponsor and Award Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press
Poetry Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press is given biennially for a poetry chapbook by a U.S. poet. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 10 to 15 pages with a $20...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/15/15
Sponsor and Award Fairy Tale Review
Awards in Poetry and Prose

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fairy Tale Review are given annually for a group of poems and a work of prose influenced by fairy tales. Joyelle McSweeney will judge in poetry, and...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/15/15
Sponsor and Award Literal Latté
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem. Submit up to six poems of no more than 2,000 words each with a $10 entry fee ($15 for up to 12 poems) by July 15...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/15/15
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 Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/20/15