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 Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Award Southeast Missouri State University Press
Cowles Poetry Book Prize

A prize of $2,000, publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/1/15
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 Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $2,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 5/1/15
Sponsor and Award Narrative
Winter Story Contest

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place prize...

Entry Fee $22 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Prairie Schooner
Book Prizes

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Kwame Dawes will judge. Submit a poetry manuscript of at...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/15
Sponsor and Award Tupelo Press
Berkshire Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages with a $28 entry fee by April 30. All entries are...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/15
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 U.S. 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 Cash Prizesort icon $5,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 5/15/15