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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
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
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
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. Carmen Giménez Smith will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to...

$25 Poetry $1,500 Publication 6/15/15
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 6/15/15
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
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
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
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
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
Rattle
Poetry Prize

A prize of $10,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a poem. A Reader's Choice Award of $2,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Submit up to four poems of any length with a $20...

$20 Poetry $10,000 Publication 7/15/15
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 6/14/15
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
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. Yusef Komunyakaa will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

$28 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/15
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. Claudia Rankine will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages...

$27 Poetry $3,000 Publication 6/30/15
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
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 7/1/15
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
New Guard
Poetry and Fiction Contest

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Guard are given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt. Roger Bonair-Agard will judge the Knightville Poetry Contest; Adam Braver...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $1,500 Publication 8/20/15
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
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. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 45 to 80...

$27 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/15
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
Mudfish
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,200 and publication in Mudfish is given annually for a poem. Edward Hirsch will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem) by...

$20 Poetry $1,200 Publication 7/15/15
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
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 6/30/15
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 6/22/15
Matrix Magazine
Lit POP Awards

Two prizes valued at $2,000 each are 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 6/30/15
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
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
Literary Arts
Oregon Literary Fellowships
Fellowships of $3,000 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 $3,000 6/26/15
Literal Latté
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem. Submit up to six poems of no more than 2,000 words each with a $10 entry fee ($15 for up to 12 poems) by July 15...

$10 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/15/15
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
Ledbury Poetry Festival
Poetry Competition

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,540) and a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writers' Centre of Wales, will be given annually for a poem. Deryn Rees-Jones will judge. The winner will also be invited...

$8 Poetry $1,540 7/9/15
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
Fairy Tale Review
Awards in Poetry and Prose

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

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/15/15
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. Sascha Feinstein will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages with a $15 entry fee by June...

$15 Poetry $1,000 6/19/15
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....

$20 Poetry $2,500 Reading, Publication 7/8/15
Comstock Review
Muriel Craft Bailey Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a poem. Allison Joseph will judge. Submit up to five poems of 40 lines each with a $25 entry fee ($5 for each...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/1/15
Claremont Graduate University
Tufts Poetry Awards

The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner spends one week in residence at Claremont Graduate University in California. The...

$0 Poetry $100,000 7/1/15
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 6/30/15
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
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
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
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
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 7/1/15
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. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee between May 1 and June 15. Send an SASE, e...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/15/15
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 7/1/15
Bauhan Publishing
May Sarton New Hampshire Book Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Mekeel McBride will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/15
Barrow Street Press
Book Prize

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

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/15
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
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 6/30/15
Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press
Poetry Chapbook Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press is given biennially for a poetry chapbook by a U.S. poet. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 10 to 15 pages with a $20...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/15/15
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
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
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
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
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

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