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 Awardsort icon Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Black Lawrence Press
Big Moose Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 90 to 1,000...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Booth
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Booth will be given annually for a single poem. Ellen Bryant Voigt will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $10 entry fee, which includes a copy of the...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Broadside Lotus Press
Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award

A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript between 60 to 90 pages between January 2...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Brown University
International Writers Project Fellowship

A fellowship, including a stipend of $45,000, is given annually to an established international poet or fiction writer "who is unable to practice free expression in his or her homeland." The fellowship...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $45,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/15/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Caine Prize
Caine Prize

A prize of £10,000 (approximately $15,712) is given annually for a previously published short story by an African writer. Shortlisted candidates will receive £500 (approximately $786) and some travel...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $15,712 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/31/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Cave Canem Foundation
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Graywolf Press is given annually for a first poetry collection by a poet of African descent. Nikky Finney will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/9/15