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 Feesort icon Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Award Saturnalia Books
Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000, publication by Saturnalia Books, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. D. A. Powell will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/1/16
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 Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 5/1/16
Sponsor and Award James Jones Literary Society
First Novel Fellowship
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work is published in Provincetown Arts, and the winner will...
Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/15/16
Sponsor and Award National Poetry Series
Open Competition

Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers currently include Beacon Press, Ecco,...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/16
Sponsor and Award Hidden River Publishing
Eludia Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Sowilo Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, and 10 author copies is given annually for a first novel or short story collection by a woman over the age of 40 who...

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/16
Sponsor and Award Four Way Books
Intro Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given biennially for a first poetry collection. The winner is also invited to participate in a reading in New York City. Vievee Francis will judge....

Entry Feesort icon $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 3/31/16