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 Willow Books
Literature Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to give a reading at...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award Bright Hill Press
Poetry Book Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bright Hill Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $25 entry fee by November 30. All entries...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/30/14
Sponsor and Award Burnside Review Press
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Burnside Review Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/30/14
Sponsor and Award Colorado Review
Colorado Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Colorado State University employees, students, and alumni are ineligible. Laura...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/14/15
Sponsor and Award The Frost Place
Chapbook Competition

A prize of $250, publication by Bull City Press, 10 author copies, and a fellowship to attend the Frost Place Poetry Seminar (valued at $1,450) is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $250 Prize includes Publication, Fellowship, Residency Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Writers' Village
International Short Fiction Competition

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,669) and publication on the Writers' Village website is given twice yearly for a short story. John Yeoman will judge. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words by e-mail...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,669 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
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, a novella or novella collection, or a novel. U.S. writers who have not previously published a...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14
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 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award Wild Leaf Press
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Wild Leaf Press Poetry Annual 2014 will be given biennially for a single poem. Baron Wormser will judge. Submit a poem of up to 120 lines with a $25...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Florida Review
Jeanne M. Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Florida Review will be given annually for a chapbook of flash fiction or nonfiction, short stories, essays, or graphic narrative. Patricia Grace King will...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/30/14
Sponsor and Award Quercus Review Press
Fall Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Quercus Review Press, and 15 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Stella Beratlis will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 120 pages with a $25 entry...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/12/14
Sponsor and Award Sow's Ear Poetry Review
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sow's Ear Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. John Brehm will judge. Submit up to five poems with a $27 entry fee, which includes a subscription to...

Entry Feesort icon $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award Omnidawn Publishing
Open Poetry Book Contest

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Mary Jo Bang will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages with a $27 entry...

Entry Feesort icon $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Tupelo Press
Dorset Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages with a $28 entry fee by December 31. All entries are considered for...

Entry Feesort icon $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Fordham University at Lincoln Center
Poets Out Loud Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Fordham University Press are given annually for poetry collections. The winners are also invited to give a reading at the Fordham University at Lincoln Center...

Entry Feesort icon $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 11/7/14
Sponsor and Award Fence Books
Ottoline Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Fence Books will be given annually for a poetry collection by a woman who has published at least one book of poetry. Using the online submission system, submit a...

Entry Feesort icon $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/30/14
Sponsor and Award Fish Publishing
Fish Short Story Prize

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $4,010) and publication in the annual Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words either by mail with a €22 (...

Entry Feesort icon $29 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $4,010 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/30/14
Sponsor and Award Ohio University Press
Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Ohio University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 95 pages with a $30 entry fee by October 31. Call or visit the website...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Elixir Press
Poetry Awards

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. A second prize of $1,500 and publication is also awarded. Sarah Kennedy will judge. Submit a manuscript of at...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Codhill Press
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Pauline Uchmanowicz will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $30 entry fee...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/10/14
Sponsor and Award Alice James Books
Alice James Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet residing in the United States. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $30 entry fee by...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award National Poetry Review Press
Rousseau Prize for Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press, in collaboration with Dream Horse Press, is given annually for a collection of poetry or flash fiction. Profits from entry fees are...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/15/14
Sponsor and Award San Miguel Writers' Conference
Writing Contest

Three prizes valued at approximately $1,000 each will be given annually for a group of poems, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay or memoir excerpt. The prize includes full tuition, lodging, an...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Conference Registration Application Deadline 11/2/14
Sponsor and Award Academy of American Poets
Walt Whitman Award

A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen who has not...

Entry Feesort icon $35 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication, Residency Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award PEN Center USA
Literary Awards

Prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation published in 2014 by authors residing west of the Mississippi River. The winners will also...

Entry Feesort icon $35 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Publishing Triangle
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction from an LGBT point of view and a first book of fiction by an LGBT author. Two prizes of $1,000 each are also given for books of creative...

Entry Feesort icon $35 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/9/14
Sponsor and Award PEN New England
PEN/Hemingway Award

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a debut novel or short story collection published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives a residency fellowship at the Ucross...

Entry Feesort icon $40 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award PRISM
Creative Nonfiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,376) and publication in PRISM will be given annually for an essay. Submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $40 entry fee by November 21. All...

Entry Feesort icon $40 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/21/14
Sponsor and Award Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Meringoff Awards

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers journal, Literary Imagination, or its newsletter, Literary Matters, are given...

Entry Feesort icon $45 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Writing Fellowships
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Writing Fellowships

Fellowships for a seven-month residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, are given annually to four poets and four fiction writers who have not published a full-length book in...

Entry Feesort icon $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award American-Scandinavian Foundation
Writing Fellowships and Grants

Fellowships of up to $23,000 and grants of up to $5,000 are given annually to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators for study and research in Scandinavia. For travel in...

Entry Feesort icon $60 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $23,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award Stanford University
Wallace Stegner Fellowships

Ten two-year fellowships, five in poetry and five in fiction, are given annually to allow emerging writers to develop their craft in workshops with senior faculty members at Stanford University. Each...

Entry Feesort icon $75 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $26,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua Prize

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year. The winner also receives a weeklong, all-expenses-paid summer residency at Chautauqua...

Entry Feesort icon $75 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $7,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award The Story Prize
The Story Prize

A prize of $20,000 is given annually for a short story collection written in English and first published in the United States in the previous year. Two runners-up will receive $5,000 each, and one...

Entry Feesort icon $75 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $20,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 11/15/14

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