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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 Awardsort icon Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Book Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Red Hen Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of prose by women writers. The winners also receive $1,000 each for promotional and travel...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/1/15
ABQ Writers Co-op
Bosque Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in bosque is given annually for a short story or novel excerpt by a writer over the age of 40. Lynne Sharon Schwartz will judge. Using the online submission...

$22 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
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
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
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
Arts & Letters
Arts & Letters Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Stephen Dunn will judge in poetry, Kyle Minor will judge...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
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
Australian Book Review
Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

A prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $4,100) and publication in Australian Book Review will be given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of $2,000 AUD (approximately $1,640) and a...

$16 Fiction $5,000 Publication 5/1/15
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
Black Lawrence Press
Hudson Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system,...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
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
Carolina Wren Press
Poetry Series

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a first or second poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $20...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
Carve Magazine
Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Carve Magazine is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic submissions) by May 15....

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 5/15/15
Cleveland State University
Poetry Center Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center are given annually for poetry collections. The First Book Prize is open to poets who have not published a full-...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
Cleveland State University
Essay Collection Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center will be given annually for an essay collection. Wayne Koestenbaum will judge. Using the online submission system, submit...

$25 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
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
CutBank
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by CutBank, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The editors will judge. Using the online submission...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that "foster peace, social justice, and global...

$100 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 3/31/15
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
Elixir Press
Antivenom Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Nicholas Samaras will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $30 entry fee by...
$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
Fish Publishing
Poetry Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,160) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the West Cork Literary...

$16 Poetry $1,160 Reading, Publication 3/31/15
Four Way Books
Levis Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given biennially for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. The winner will also be invited to participate in a reading in New York City. Martha...

$28 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 3/31/15
Gemini Magazine
Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $5 entry fee by March 31. Send an SASE, call...

$5 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
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
Glimmer Train Press
Family Matters

A prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story about families of all configurations. Using the online...

$15 Fiction $1,500 Publication 3/31/15
Glimmer Train Press
Very Short Fiction Award

A prize of $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given quarterly for a very short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 3...

$15 Fiction $1,500 Publication 4/30/15
Hub City Press
New Southern Voices Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hub City Press is given biennially for a poetry collection. U.S. poets who have published no more than one full-length poetry collection and who have lived in Alabama...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/15/15
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
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
Lascaux Review
Flash Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a work of flash fiction. Previously published and unpublished stories are eligible. Submit a story of up to 1,000 words...

$10 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
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
Leapfrog Press
Fiction Award

A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or a novella. Mark Brazaitis and the editors will judge. Submit via e-mail a manuscript of at...

$30 Fiction $1,150 Publication 5/1/15
Loft Literary Center
Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one year. Writers who have published no...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 4/3/15
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Cutthroat is given annually for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation over 5,000...

$20 Fiction $1,500 Publication 5/15/15
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
Narrative
Winter Story Contest

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place prize...

$22 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 3/31/15
New South
Writing Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or an essay. Roger Reeves will judge in poetry; Rebecca Makkai will judge in prose. Using the...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/15/15
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
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
Northern Colorado Writers
Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Pooled Ink, the Northern Colorado Writers anthology, is given annually for a short story. Robert Garner McBrearty will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
Oberon
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Oberon is given annually for a poem. Pramila Venkateswaran will judge. Submit up to three poems with an $18 entry fee, which includes a copy of Oberon...

$18 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/1/15
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
Passages North
Literary Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a poem or group of poems and an essay. Submit up to three poems or an essay of up to 7,500 words with a $15...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/20/15
Passaic County Community College
Paterson Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a novel or short story collection published in the previous year. Publishers may submit books published in 2014 by April 1. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE,...

$0 Fiction $1,000 4/1/15
Pen Parentis
Writing Fellowship for New Parents

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Brain, Child is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The winner also receives an invitation to give a reading...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Reading, Publication 4/17/15
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
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
Poetry International
Poetry International Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. Carol Frost will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem) by...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/1/15
Press 53
Prime Number Magazine Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine will be given annually for a poem, a work of short fiction, and a work of creative nonfiction. Alan Michael Parker will judge...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 3/31/15
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
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
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
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Cowles Poetry Book Prize

A prize of $2,000, publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 4/1/15
Southwest Review
David Nathan Meyerson Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a full-length book of fiction. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words...

$25 Fiction $1,000 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
Spoon River Poetry Review
Editors' Prize

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

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/15/15
St. Francis College
Literary Prize

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially for a third, fourth, or fifth published book of fiction. Self-published books and English translations are eligible. Erin McGraw, Sigrid Nunez, and Daniel Torday...

$0 Fiction $50,000 5/1/15
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
Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm
Frost Farm Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Evansville Review is given annually for a poem written in a metrical form. The winner also receives an invitation and honorarium to read at the Hyla Brook...

$5 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 4/1/15
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
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
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
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
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
Winning Writers
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a humorous poem. Jendi Reiter will judge. Using the online submission system, submit one poem of any length by April...

$0 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/1/15
Winning Writers
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Arthur Powers will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a short...

$16 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 4/30/15
Zone 3 Press
Creative Nonfiction Book Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a memoir or essay collection. Amy Fusselman will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 15...

$25 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/15/15

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