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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 Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline
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 6/17/16
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 6/1/16
Comstock Review
Muriel Craft Bailey Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a poem. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit a poem of up to 40 lines with a $5 entry fee by July 1. Visit the website for...

$5 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/1/16
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. Gary Lilley will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee ($27.50...
$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/15/16
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 5/31/16
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 5/31/16
Towson University
Prize for Literature

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

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 6/15/16
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 7/1/16
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. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages with a $15 entry fee by June 20. Visit the website for...

$15 Poetry $1,000 6/20/16
Barrow Street Press
Book Prize

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

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/16
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 6/15/16
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. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 54 pages...

$28 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/16
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 poem. The editors will judge. Submit a poem of any length with a $15 entry fee (there is no fee...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/15/16
Iowa Review
Jeff Sharlet Award

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

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 6/1/16
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 or self-published a book...

$24 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/15/16
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 6/30/16
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 6/30/16
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 fiction or creative nonfiction influenced by fairy tales. Traci Brimhall will...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 7/15/16
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 6/30/16
String Poet
Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication in String Poet is given annually for a poem. Richard Brooks will compose a piece of music inspired by the winning poem, to be performed at an awards ceremony. X...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/16
Breakwater Review
Peseroff Prize

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

$10 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/15/16
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 an essay. Mathias Svalina will judge in poetry, Molly Antopol...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/1/16
American Poetry Review
Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Poetry Review is 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 than...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 5/15/16
Southern Humanities Review
Auburn Witness Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Humanities Review is given annually for a poem of witness in honor of the late poet Jake Adam York. The winner also receives travel expenses to read...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/1/16
Los Angeles Review
Literary Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review will be given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Brynn Saito will judge in poetry, Tom...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/1/16
Sow's Ear Poetry Review
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 5/1/16
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. Betsy Sholl will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 6/30/16
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 10...

$10 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/15/16
Munster Literature Center
Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,110) and publication by the Munster Literature Center will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 16 to 24 pages with a €25 entry fee (...

$28 Poetry $1,110 Publication 5/31/16
Ledbury Poetry Festival
Poetry Competition

A prize £1,000 (approximately $1,430) and a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writers' Centre of Wales, is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in...

$7 Poetry $1,430 7/7/16
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. Allison Joseph will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 90...

$25 Poetry $1,500 Publication 6/15/16
Boston Review
Poetry Contest

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

$20 Poetry $1,500 Publication 6/1/16
River Styx
International Poetry Contest

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

$10 Poetry $1,500 Publication 5/31/16
Ruminate Magazine
Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate Magazine is given annually for a poem. Alice Fulton will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to two poems of no more than 40 lines...

$20 Poetry $1,500 Publication 6/15/16
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 5/18/16
Artist Trust
Grants for Artist Projects

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

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 5/23/16
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 5/15/16
Backwaters Press
Backwaters Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Backwaters Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Henri Cole will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 60 to 85 pages with a $...

$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 5/31/16
Pleiades Press
Editors Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to read at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. The editors will...

$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 5/1/16
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 5/30/16
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 5/1/16
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 work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction written in a Nordic language...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 6/15/16
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.S....
$18 Poetry $2,500 Reading, Publication 7/8/16
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. One Women Writers Fellowship and one Writer...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 6/24/16
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. Cathy Park Hong will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages...

$27 Poetry $3,000 Publication 6/30/16
Academy of American Poets
James Laughlin Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet that will be published in the forthcoming year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency at the...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 weeklong residency in Florida 5/15/16
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 an essayist or journalist whose work "combines warmth, humor...
$0 Poetry, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Residency 7/1/16
Maine Arts Commission
Individual Artist Fellowships

A fellowship of up to $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 one year. Writers enrolled in a degree-...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 5/5/16
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 6/1/16
Bridport Arts Centre
Bridport Prize

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $7,150) 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 $1,430)...

$13 Poetry, Fiction $7,150 Publication 5/31/16
Coffee-House Poetry
Troubadour International Poetry Prize

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $7,150) is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,430) is also given. Both winners receive publication on the Coffee-House Poetry...

$8 Poetry $7,150 Reading 6/21/16
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 5/15/16
Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

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

$50 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 6/15/16
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 7/15/16
Leeway Foundation
Transformation Awards
Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia...
$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $15,000 5/15/16
University of Canberra
Vice-Chancellor's Poetry Prize

A prize of $15,000 AUD (approximately $10,650) and publication in an e-book anthology is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $3,550) and publication is also given...

$14 Poetry $15,000 Publication 6/30/16
Academy of American Poets
Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living poet published in the United States during the previous year. Copies of the winning book are purchased and distributed to hundreds...

$75 Poetry $25,000 5/15/16
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a female poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to complete a project for publication over a two-year period. The top finalist in each of the two...

$45 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $50,000 Publication 11/2/16
Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry
Griffin Poetry Prize

Two prizes of $65,000 CAD (approximately $46,800) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator. Publishers may submit four...

$0 Poetry $65,000 6/30/16
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 7/1/16
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 6/22/16

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