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 University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships

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

Entry Fee $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $30,000 Prize includes Reading, Workshop, Residency Application Deadline 2/28/15
Sponsor and Award Banipal Trust for Arab Literature
Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $4,713) 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 Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $4,713 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/28/15
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 28. All entries are considered for...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/15
Sponsor and Award Fish Publishing
Flash Fiction Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,248) and publication in the 2015 Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. Bret Anthony Johnston will judge. Submit a story of up to 300...

Entry Fee $17 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,248 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/15
Sponsor and Award Fence Books
Modern Poets Series

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Fence Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee, which includes...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/15
Sponsor and Award Wag's Revue
Winter Writers' Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Wag's Revue is given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, or an essay. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/15
Sponsor and Award CURA
Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action will be given annually for a short story based on a theme. The theme this year is "Borderlands." Using the online...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/15
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 Fee $5 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/15
Sponsor and Award The Pinch
Literary Awards

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Pinch is given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems or a short story or essay of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/15
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. Ed Roberson will...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/15
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 Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/1/15
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 Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/15
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. Chinaka Hodge will judge in poetry and Taiye Selasi will judge in fiction. Using...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/15
Sponsor and Award Alabama State Council on the Arts
Individual Artist Grants

Fellowships of $5,000 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 Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/1/15
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 Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/15
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 Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/2/15
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 creative nonfiction....

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/2/15
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 Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/5/15
Sponsor and Award National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships

Grants of $25,000 each are awarded annually to poets or prose writers in alternating years. This year grants will be awarded to prose writers. Fiction and creative nonfiction writers who have published...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/11/15
Sponsor and Award Colorado Review
Nelligan Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Lauren Groff will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $15 entry fee by March 14. All entries are...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/14/15
Sponsor and Award Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation
Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Marilyn Chin will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March 14. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the...
Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/14/15
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. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or a story or essay...

Entry Fee $23 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
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 is published in Provincetown Arts, and the winner also...
Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Symphony Space
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,000 and tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop is given annually for a short story. The winning work will be published on the Electric...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Workshop Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Hidden River Publishing
Eludia Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Sowilo Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, and 10 author copies is given annually for a first novel or short story collection by a woman over the age of 40 who...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
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. Submit an essay of up to 6,000 words...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Washington College
Hodson-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 Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $20,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Image
Milton Postgraduate Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, including a $16,000 stipend, is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. Writers who are U.S. citizens and have...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $16,000 Prize includes Reading, Residency Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Kundiman/Tupelo Press
Kundiman Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an Asian American poet. The board members of Kundiman and Tupelo Press will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Prairie Schooner
Book Prizes

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Kwame Dawes will judge. Submit a poetry manuscript of at...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15