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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
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 poem of up to five...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 4/21/15
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. Brian Teare will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 40 pages with an $18 entry fee...

$18 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/22/15
Sixfold
Short Story and Poetry 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...

$5 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 4/23/15
DIAGRAM
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or mixed-genre work. Ander Monson will judge. Submit a...

$18 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/27/15
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. David St. John...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 4/30/15
Marsh Hawk Press
Poetry Prize

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

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/30/15
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 4/30/15
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 debut poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection may submit a manuscript of...
$25 Poetry $5,000 Publication 4/30/15
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 4/30/15
Kore Press
First Book Award

A prize of $1,500, publication by Kore Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a debut poetry collection by a female-identified poet. Poets who have not published a full-length collection or a...

$28 Poetry $1,500 Publication 4/30/15
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Fellowships and Grants

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

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 4/30/15
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 4/30/15
Willow Books
Literature Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to give a reading at...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading, Publication 4/30/15
Late Night Library
Debut-litzer Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a debut 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....

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 4/30/15
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 4/30/15
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 4/30/15
Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge
Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that "illuminates the heritage of America's mid-continental prairies."...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 4/30/15
International Rubery Book Award
International Rubery Book Award

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,520) is 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 also be...

$60 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,520 4/30/15
Poetry Foundation
Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships

Five fellowships of $25,800 each are given annually to emerging poets. Writers who are U.S. citizens between the ages of 21 and 31 as of April 30 are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit...

$0 Poetry $25,800 4/30/15
Tupelo Press
Berkshire Prize

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 88 pages with a $28 entry fee by April 30. All entries are...

$28 Poetry $3,000 Publication 4/30/15
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 debut poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Kent State University with the judge, who...
$30 Poetry $2,500 Reading, Publication 5/1/15
Sow's Ear Press
Chapbook Award

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

$27 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/1/15
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 5/5/15
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 that will be published in the forthcoming year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency at the...

$0 Poetry $5,000 Residency 5/15/15
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. Kim Addonizio will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee ($27....
$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/15/15
National Book Foundation
National Book Awards
Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United States during the previous year....
$135 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 5/15/15
Leeway Foundation
Transformation Awards
Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and trans poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia area who have been creating art for social change for five or more...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $15,000 5/15/15
Montreal International Poetry Prize
Montreal International Poetry Prize

A prize of $20,000 Canadian (approximately $15,800) and publication in Global Poetry Anthology is given annually for a poem. Eavan Boland will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

$20 Poetry $20,000 Publication 5/15/15
Georgia Review
Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the spring issue of Georgia Review is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Submit a poem of any length with a $15 entry fee (there is no...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/15/15
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 5/15/15
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. Visit the website for complete...

$28 Poetry $2,000 Publication 5/15/15
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. Marie Howe, A. Van Jordan, and Donald Revell will judge....

$75 Poetry $25,000 5/15/15
Breakwater Review
Peseroff Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review will be given annually for a single poem. Jill McDonough will judge. Submit three poems of any length with a $10 entry fee by May 15. Visit...

$10 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/15/15
Sonora Review
Annual Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and a micro-essay. Rusty Morrison will judge in poetry, Stuart Dybek...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/15/15
American Poetry Review
Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Poetry Review will be given annually for a poem by a poet under the age of 40. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/15/15
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 5/15/15
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 $...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 5/18/15
Artist Trust
Grants for Artist Projects

Grants of up to $1,500 each are given annually to Washington State poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers. Students enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible. Submit a writing sample...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 5/18/15
String Poet
Poetry Competition

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

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/22/15
University of Canberra
Vice-Chancellor's Poetry Prize

A prize of $15,000 AUD (approximately $11,700) will be given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $3,900) will also be given. The winning poems will be published in an e...

$16 Poetry $15,000 5/29/15
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 5/30/15
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 5/31/15
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 5/31/15
River Styx
International Poetry Contest

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

$10 Poetry $1,500 Publication 5/31/15
Bridport Arts Centre
Bridport Prize

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $7,700) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. Two second-place prizes of £1,000 (approximately $1,540)...

$11 Poetry, Fiction $7,700 Publication 5/31/15
Backwaters Press
Backwaters Prize

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

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/31/15
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 6/1/15
Boston Review
Poetry Contest

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

$20 Poetry $1,500 Publication 6/1/15
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 6/1/15
Writer's Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in New York City to meet one-on-one with four agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay....

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 6/1/15
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