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 A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a female poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to complete a project for publication over a two-year period. The top finalist in each of the two...

Entry Fee $45 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $50,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/2/15
Sponsor and Award Ohio University Press
Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Ohio University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 95 pages with a $30 entry fee by November 15. Call or visit the website...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/15/15
Sponsor and Award Perugia Press
Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a woman. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 85 pages with a $26 entry fee by November 15. Send an...
Entry Fee $26 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/15/15
Sponsor and Award Yale University Press
Yale Series of Younger Poets
An award of publication by Yale University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an early-career poet who has not published a full-length book of poetry. Carl Phillips will judge. Submit a...
Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $25 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/15/15
Sponsor and Award Narrative
30 Below Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30...

Entry Fee $23 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/15/15
Sponsor and Award Arcadia
Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication in Arcadia, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winning chapbook will be distributed to all Arcadia subscribers. Submit a...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/15/15