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 WB Yeats Society of NY
Yeats Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the WB Yeats Society of NY website will be given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to a ceremony in New York City in the spring. Alfred Corn will...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award Southern Illinois University
Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in October are given annually for a...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 2/2/17
Sponsor and Award Library of Virginia
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in the previous year. Books by writers who were born in or are residents of Virginia or, in the case...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/10/17
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 include Beacon Press, Ecco, Milkweed...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/17
Sponsor and Award Sarabande Books
Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages...

Entry Fee $29 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/17
Sponsor and Award Center for Fiction
New York City Emerging Writers Fellowship

Fellowships of $5,000 each, membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and access to writing space at the Center are given annually to fiction writers living in New York City who have not yet...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/15/17