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 Sow's Ear Poetry Review
Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Sow's Ear Press with distribution to Sow's Ear Poetry Review subscribers, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Sam Rasnake will judge....

Entry Fee $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/16
Sponsor and Award Whiting Foundation
Creative Nonfiction Grant

Up to three grants of $35,000 each will be given annually to writers completing a book of creative nonfiction that is currently under contract with a publisher. Writers who signed a contract before May 1...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $35,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/1/16
Sponsor and Award Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. Writers enrolled in a degree-...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/5/16
Sponsor and Award Del Sol Press
First Novel Competition

A prize of $1,500, publication by Del Sol Press, and 20 author copies will be given annually for a first novel. Madison Smartt Bell will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/13/16
Sponsor and Award Academy of American Poets
James Laughlin Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet that will be published in the forthcoming year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency at the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes weeklong residency in Florida Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Award Lost Horse Press
Idaho Prize for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Lost Horse Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. Gary Lilley will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee ($27.50...
Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16