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
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Milton Postgraduate Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. The fellowship, valued at $25,000, includes a $5,000 stipend, a...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $25,000 Prize includes Reading, Residency Application Deadline 3/15/17
Sponsor and Award Academy of American Poets
Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship Award

A fellowship of $25,000 and a five-week residency at the American Academy in Rome is given biennially to a U.S. translator for a work-in-progress of modern Italian poetry translated into English. Maria...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $25,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 2/15/17
Sponsor and Award National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships

Grants of $25,000 each are awarded in alternating years to poets and prose writers. This year grants will be awarded to prose writers. Fiction and creative nonfiction writers who have published at least...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $25,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/8/17
Sponsor and Award University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of at least $30,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to six writers working on a first or second book of poetry...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $30,000 Prize includes Reading, Workshop, Residency Application Deadline 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award Colgate University
Olive B. O'Connor Fellowships

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $40,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to poets, fiction writers, or nonfiction writers. The 20172018...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $40,500 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 2/1/17