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 PEN American Center
PEN Open Book Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book-length work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer of color published in the United States during the previous year. Authors may be of any...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/13
Sponsor and Award PEN American Center
PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants

Grants of $2,000 to $4,000 each are given annually to support the translation of book-length works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that have not previously appeared in English or have...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $4,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/13
Sponsor and Award Stadler Center for Poetry
Philip Roth Residence

A four-month residency, including a $4,000 stipend, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer. The 2013 Philip...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $4,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/13
Sponsor and Award Playboy
College Fiction Contest

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Playboy will be given annually for a short story. Fiction writers currently enrolled in college are eligible. Using the online submissions manager, submit a...

Entry Fee $5 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/15/13
Sponsor and Award Summer Literary Seminars
Unified Literary Contest

Three prizes, valued at $5,200 each, to attend the Summer Literary Seminars program in Lithuania or Kenya are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer. The prizes...

Entry Fee $17 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,200 Prize includes Publication, Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 2/28/13
Sponsor and Award Persea Books
Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published at least one book of poetry. The winner also receives a residency of two to...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication, Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 3/1/13