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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.

Sponsor and Award Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Crab Orchard Review
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a single poem of up to...

$23 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 4/21/14
Omnidawn Publishing
Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Kazim Ali will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 40 pages with an $18 entry fee by...

$18 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/22/14
Sixfold
Poetry and Short Story Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than...

$3 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 4/23/14
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Fellowships and Grants

Individual Artist Fellowships of $5,000 are given annually to Minnesota writers, and Career Development Grants of up to $3,000 are given twice a year to Minnesota writers to pursue a specific arts...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 4/25/14
Ashland Poetry Press
Richard Snyder Publication Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ashland Poetry Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Ashland University. Angie Estes...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 4/30/14
The Ledge
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Ledge is given annually for a poem. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $15 entry fee ($4 for each additional poem) by April 30. All entries...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/30/14
Marsh Hawk Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Brenda Hillman will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 30. Send an...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/30/14
Nimrod International Journal
Nimrod Literary Awards

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for works of poetry and short fiction. The winners also receive transportation and lodging to attend...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $2,000 Publication 4/30/14
University of Pittsburgh Press
Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a first poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length collection of poems may submit a manuscript...

$25 Poetry $5,000 Publication 4/30/14
University of Iowa Press
Iowa Poetry Prize

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20 entry fee during the month of April. Call or visit the website for...

$20 Poetry $20 Publication 4/30/14
Tupelo Press
First/Second Book Award

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee by April 30. All entries are...

$28 Poetry $3,000 Publication 4/30/14
Noemi Press
Book Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Noemi Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a novel or short story collection. The editors will judge. Submit up to 70 pages of poetry or a...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 4/30/14
Late Night Library
Debut-litzer Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of fiction published in the previous year. The winners will also be featured on the Late Night Library podcast series. Authors...

$28 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 4/30/14
Rubery Book Award
International Rubery Book Award

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,635) will be given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction that is self-published or published by an independent press. The winning book will...

$50 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,635 4/30/14
Trio House Press
First/Second Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The winner is also asked to serve as a part-time volunteer for Trio...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/30/14
Trio House Press
Louise Bogan Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also asked to serve as a part-time volunteer for Trio House Press for two...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/30/14
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 first poetry collection. The winner also gives a reading at Kent State University with the judge, who this year is...
$28 Poetry $2,500 Reading, Publication 5/1/14
Ruminate Magazine
Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate Magazine is given annually for a poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to two poems of no more than 40 lines each with a $20 entry fee...

$20 Poetry $1,500 Publication 5/1/14
Sow's Ear Press
Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Sow's Ear Press with distribution to Sow's Ear Poetry Review subscribers is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also receives 25 author copies....

$27 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/1/14
Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships

A fellowship of $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least two years. Using the online submission system,...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 5/2/14
Academy of American Poets
James Laughlin Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a U.S. poet. Copies of the winning book are purchased and distributed to approximately 5,000 members of the Academy of American Poets. U...

$0 Poetry $5,000 5/15/14
Lost Horse Press
Idaho Prize for Poetry
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Lost Horse Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. Dorianne Laux will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee ($27....
$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/15/14
National Book Foundation
National Book Awards
Three prizes of $10,000 each are awarded annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United States during the...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 5/15/14
Leeway Foundation
Transformation Awards
Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and Two-Spirit poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia area who have been...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $15,000 5/15/14
Anhinga Press
Anhinga-Robert Dana Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to participate in a reading tour at select colleges in Florida...

$25 Poetry $2,000 Reading, Publication 5/15/14
Georgia Review
Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Spring 2014 issue of Georgia Review will be given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Submit a poem of any length with a $15 entry fee (...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/15/14
Iowa Review
Jeff Sharlet Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Iowa Review will be given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a U.S. military veteran or an active duty service member. Anthony...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/15/14
Ploughshares
Emerging Writer's Contest

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are...

$24 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/15/14
Lynx House Press
Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Lynx House Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $28 entry fee by May 15. Call, e-mail, or visit the...

$28 Poetry $2,000 Publication 5/15/14
Academy of American Poets
Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living U.S. poet published in the United States during the previous year. A jury of three poets will select the winner. Publishers may...

$75 Poetry $25,000 5/15/14
New Letters
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit three to six poems or up to 8,000 words of prose with a $...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 5/18/14
String Poet
Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication in String Poet will be given annually for a poem. Composer Judith Shatin will also compose an original piece of music inspired by the winning poem, to be...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/20/14
Dylan Thomas Centre
Dylan Thomas Prize

A prize of £30,000 (approximately $49,473) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction published in the preceding year that "displays creative, imaginative, and innovative use of the English...

$0 Poetry, Fiction $49,473 5/30/14
The Writer's Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receive a $250...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $250 Reading 5/30/14
New England Poetry Club
Daniel Varoujan Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem in honor of Daniel Varoujan, an Armenian poet killed in the genocide in Turkey in 1915. Submit a poem with a $10 entry fee by May 31. Send an SASE, e-mail,...

$10 Poetry $1,000 5/31/14
Oberlin College Press
FIELD Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Oberlin College Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee, which...

$28 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/31/14
River Styx
International Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a poem. Joan Murray will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 14 pages with a $10 entry fee, which includes...

$10 Poetry $1,500 Publication 5/31/14
Bridport Arts Centre
Bridport Prize

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $8,354) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,690) and...

$15 Poetry, Fiction $8,354 Publication 5/31/14
Backwaters Press
Backwaters Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Backwaters Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Patricia Smith will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 60 to 85 pages with...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/31/14
American-Scandinavian Foundation
Translation Prizes
A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, or Swedish work of poetry, fiction,...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 6/1/14
Boulevard
Emerging Poets Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed press. The editors will...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/1/14
Boston Review
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Major Jackson will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20...

$20 Poetry $1,500 Publication 6/2/14
Writer's Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in New York City to meet with editors and agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay....

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 6/3/14
Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year....

$50 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 6/14/14
University of Akron Press
Akron Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Maxine Chernoff will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 90 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 15...

$25 Poetry $1,500 Publication 6/15/14
Southern Poetry Review
Guy Owen Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit three to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/15/14
Towson University
Prize for Literature

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a writer who has lived in Maryland for at least three years and is currently a resident. Books published...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 6/15/14
Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem that has not won a national competition. George Bilgere will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages with a $15 entry fee by June...

$15 Poetry $1,000 6/16/14
Bitter Oleander Press
Library of Poetry Book Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Original works written in English are eligible. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/16/14
New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal's website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay that have...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 6/17/14
Mexico
Fil Prize in Romance Languages
A prize of $150,000 is given annually to honor a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who writes in Catalan, French, Galician, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, or Spanish. The prize is...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $150,000 6/22/14
Literary Arts
Oregon Literary Fellowships
Fellowships of $2,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. In addition, one Women Writers Fellowship of...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 6/27/14
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women

Grants of $500 to $1,500 each are given twice yearly to feminist writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants will be awarded to women poets and creative...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 6/30/14
ABZ Press
First Book Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by ABZ Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Gregory Orr will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 76 pages with a $30 entry fee...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/14
Barrow Street Press
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Denise Duhamel will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28 for...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/14
Omnidawn Publishing
First/Second Book Prize

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Timothy Donnelly will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages...

$27 Poetry $3,000 Publication 6/30/14
Parlor Press
New Measure Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Parlor Press in the Free Verse Editions series is given annually for a poetry collection. Jon Thompson will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

$28 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/14
Autumn House Press
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner also receives a $1,500...

$30 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 6/30/14
Bauhan Publishing
May Sarton New Hampshire Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bauhan Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Gary Margolis will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 30. Visit...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/14
Cider Press Review
Editors' Prize Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/14
Matrix Magazine
Lit POP Awards

Two prizes valued at $2,000 each will be given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The winners will receive $100, publication in Matrix Magazine, and transportation and lodging to...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $2,000 6/30/14
National Poetry Review Press
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. C. J. Sage will judge. Submit a manuscript of 45 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 30....

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/14
Blue Mountain Center
Richard J. Margolis Award
A prize of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction with...
$0 Poetry, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Residency 7/1/14
Comstock Review
Muriel Craft Bailey Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a poem. Kwame Dawes will judge. Submit any number of poems of up to 40 lines each with a $5 entry fee per poem by July...

$5 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/1/14
Bellevue Literary Review
Prizes in Poetry and Prose

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works about health, healing, illness...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/1/14
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website is given annually for a poem that explores "positive visions of peace and the human spirit." Submit two copies of up to three...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/1/14
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
First Book Award

A prize of $2,500, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually for a poetry collection. U....

$28 Poetry $2,500 Reading, Publication 7/8/14
New Guard
Poetry and Fiction Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Guard will be given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt. Tim Seibles will judge in poetry and Joe Wenderoth will judge in...

$15 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 7/14/14
Fairy Tale Review
Awards in Poetry and Prose

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fairy Tale Review will be given annually for a group of poems and a work of prose influenced by fairy tales. Ilya Kaminsky will judge in poetry, and...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/15/14
Rosebud Magazine
William Stafford Award for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for a poem. Submit up to three poems with a $12 entry fee by July 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

$12 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/15/14

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