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 Red Mountain Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Mountain Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $30 entry fee ($27 for electronic submissions) by September...

Entry Feesort icon $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/15/14
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 University of Arkansas Press
Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Billy Collins will judge. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 90 pages with a $28 entry fee by...

Entry Feesort icon $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/14
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 Manchester Metropolitan University
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of £10,000 (approximately $16,592) each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Submit three to five poems, totaling no more than 120 lines, or a story of up to 2,500 words...

Entry Feesort icon $28 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $16,592 Prize includes Application Deadline 8/29/14
Sponsor and Award Ohio State University Press
Journal Award in Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Ohio State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $28 entry...

Entry Feesort icon $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/14
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 Hackney Literary Awards
Novel Contest

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 9/30/14
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 Comstock Review
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies will be given biennially for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 25 to 34 pages with a $30...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/15/14
Sponsor and Award GrubStreet
National Book Prize in Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given every three years for a recently published book of fiction by a writer living in the United States who has published at least one previous book of fiction. The winner also...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 10/1/14
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 Flipped Eye Publishing
Venture Award

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,680) and publication by Flipped Eye Publishing will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. Tara Betts will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 15 pages via e-mail...

Entry Feesort icon $34 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,680 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/17/14
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 Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year....

Entry Feesort icon $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 10/1/14
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