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 Elixir Press
Poetry Awards

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. A second-place prize of $1,000 and publication is also awarded. Adrian Matejka will judge. Submit a manuscript...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15
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A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel.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 9/30/15
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 11/1/15
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 annu-ally 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 11/15/15
Sponsor and Award Comstock Review
Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given biennially for a poetry chapbook. Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton will judge. Submit a manuscript of 25 to 34 pages...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15
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 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award Malahat Review
Open Season Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,155) each and publication in Malahat Review will be given annually for a group of three poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three...

Entry Feesort icon $40 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a female poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to complete a project for publication over a two-year period. The top finalist in each of the two...

Entry Feesort icon $45 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $50,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/2/15
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 10/1/15
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 11/1/15