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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.

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Sponsor and Award Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Bear Star Press
Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bear Star Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a writer residing in a state west of the central time zone. The editors will judge. Using the online...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/14
BOA Editions
A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a first book of poetry by a U.S. citizen. Mary Szybist will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

$25 Poetry $1,500 Publication 11/30/14
Cider Press Review
Book Award

A prize of $1,500, publication by Cider Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Jeffrey Harrison will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee,...

$25 Poetry $1,500 Publication 11/30/14
Bright Hill Press
Poetry Book Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bright Hill Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $25 entry fee by November 30. All entries...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/14
Burnside Review Press
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Burnside Review Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/14
Fence Books
Ottoline Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Fence Books will be given annually for a poetry collection by a woman who has published at least one book of poetry. Using the online submission system, submit a...

$28 Poetry $5,000 Publication 11/30/14
Munster Literature Center
Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,339), publication in Southword, and a weeklong residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, is given annually for a poem. The winner...

$7 Poetry $1,339 Reading, Publication, Residency 11/30/14
New Issues Poetry & Prose
Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,000 and publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose is given annually for a first poetry collection. Poets who have not published a poetry collection of more than 48 pages are eligible. Major...
$20 Poetry $2,000 Publication 11/30/14
Public Poetry
ARTlines2 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 will be given triennially for an ekphrastic poem inspired by a piece of art selected by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The winner and runners-up will be invited to a reading and...

$16 Poetry $1,000 Publication, Reading 11/30/14
University of North Texas
Rilke Prize

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a book published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. The winner also receives airfare and lodging to give readings at the University of North Texas and the...

$0 Poetry $10,000 Reading, Travel Expenses 11/30/14
White Pine Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 80 pages with a $20 entry fee by November 30. Send an SASE...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/14
Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Meringoff Awards

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers journal, Literary Imagination, or its newsletter, Literary Matters, are given...

$45 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 12/1/14
Center for Book Arts
Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also receives an additional $500 to give a reading at the Center for Book Arts...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 12/1/14
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Writing Fellowships
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Writing Fellowships

Fellowships for a seven-month residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, are given annually to four poets and four fiction writers who have not published a full-length book in...

$50 Poetry, Fiction Residency 12/1/14
Five Points
James Dickey Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Five Points is given annually for a group of poems. Submit up to three poems of no more than 50 lines each with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/1/14
Great Plains Writers' Conference
Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an emerging poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer living in the Great Plains region who has not yet published a book. The winner also receives travel...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading, Travel Expenses 12/1/14
Hurston/Wright Foundation
Founding Members Award for College Writers

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt by African American college students. The winners will be invited to attend the Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 12/1/14
Poets & Writers, Inc.
Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to give a reading and meet with...

$0 Poetry, Fiction $500 Reading, Travel Expenses, Residency 12/1/14
Prairie Schooner
Sillerman First Book Prize

Sponsored by the African Poetry Book Fund in partnership with Prairie Schooner, a prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal will be given...

$0 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/1/14
Pushcart Press
Pushcart Prizes

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines or small presses during the...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Publication 12/1/14
Slipstream Press
Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by Slipstream Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 40 pages with a $20 entry fee, which...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/1/14
Stanford University
Wallace Stegner Fellowships

Ten two-year fellowships, five in poetry and five in fiction, are given annually to allow emerging writers to develop their craft in workshops with senior faculty members at Stanford University. Each...

$75 Poetry, Fiction $26,000 12/1/14
University of Evansville
Richard Wilbur Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Evansville Press is given biennially for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. Dick Davis will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 100 pages with a $25...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 12/1/14
University of Evansville
Willis Barnstone Translation Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem translated from any language into English. Willis Barnstone will judge. Submit up to 10 translated poems of up to 200 lines each along with each original...

$5 Poetry $1,000 12/1/14
Waywiser Press
Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading...

$25 Poetry $3,000 Reading, Publication 12/1/14
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