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 Deadlinesort icon
Sponsor and Award Loft Literary Center
Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one year. Writers who have published no...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 4/1/16
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 Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 4/1/16
Sponsor and Award Passaic County Community College
Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review will be given annually for a poem. Submit four copies of up to five poems of no more than two pages each with an $18 entry fee by...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 4/1/16
Sponsor and Award Writing Ranch
Waterston Desert Writing Prize

A prize of $1,500 and a four-week residency at the PLAYA retreat in Summer Lake, Oregon, will be given annually for a nonfiction work-in-progress that "recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 4/1/16
Sponsor and Award Oberon
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Oberon is given annually for a poem. Mark Wagenaar will judge. Submit up to three poems with an $18 entry fee, which includes an issue of Oberon, by...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 4/2/16
Sponsor and Award American Literary Translators Association
Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize

A prize of $5,000 will be given annually for a book of poetry translated from an Asian language into English and published in the previous year. Translations of Zen Buddhist source texts are also...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 4/8/16