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 book-length work of any genre by a writer of color published in the United States during the previous year. Writers may be of any nationality, and must not have...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/16/13
Sponsor and Award Tampa Review
Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by the University of Tampa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Selected poems will also be published in Tampa Review. Submit a manuscript of 48 to...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/13
Sponsor and Award Artist Trust
Literature Fellowships

Fellowships of $7,500 are awarded biennially to Washington State poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Students enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible. Submit up to 12...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $7,500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/13/14
Sponsor and Award University of East Anglia
David T. K. Wong Fellowship

A one-year residential fellowship at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, which includes a £26,000 (approximately $42,133) stipend, is given annually to a fiction writer for a work that "deals...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $42,133 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/13/14
Sponsor and Award PEN American Center
PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction

A prize of $25,000 and publication by Algonquin Books is given biennially for a novel that addresses social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. U.S. writers who have...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/14
Sponsor and Award University of Notre Dame
Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given biennially for a second or third book by a Latino poet. Lorna Dee Cervantes will judge. The winner is also invited to give readings in Chicago...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/14