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
Antivenom Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Nicholas Samaras will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $30 entry fee by...
Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Leapfrog Press
Fiction Award

A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or a novella. Mark Brazaitis and the editors will judge. Submit via e-mail a manuscript of at...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,150 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/15
Sponsor and Award Wick Poetry Center
Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,500 and publication by Kent State University Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Kent State University with the judge, who...
Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 5/1/15
Sponsor and Award Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Award Series

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by a...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/15
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 Feesort icon $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Saturnalia Books
Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000, publication by Saturnalia Books, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Mary Ruefle will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $35 entry fee...

Entry Feesort icon $35 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/20/15
Sponsor and Award Center for Documentary Studies
Documentary Essay Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Document and on the Center for Documentary Studies website will be given biennially for an essay that uses documentary methods. The winner will also receive...

Entry Feesort icon $35 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication, Travel and Lodging Expenses Application Deadline 3/2/15
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 Feesort icon $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $30,000 Prize includes Reading, Workshop, Residency Application Deadline 2/28/15
Sponsor and Award International Rubery Book Award
International Rubery Book Award

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,520) is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction that is self-published or published by an independent press. The winning book will also be...

Entry Feesort icon $60 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,520 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Academy of American Poets
Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living U.S. poet published in the United States during the previous year. Marie Howe, A. Van Jordan, and Donald Revell will judge....

Entry Feesort icon $75 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that "foster peace, social justice, and global...

Entry Feesort icon $100 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/31/15