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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
New Issues Poetry & Prose
Green Rose Prize
A prize of $2,000 and publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose is given annually for a poetry collection. Poets who have published at least one full-length collection of poetry are eligible. Submit a...
$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 9/30/16
Truman State University Press
T. S. Eliot Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Truman State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Send an SASE, call...

$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 10/31/16
Utica College
Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a resident of upstate New York. The winner will also give a reading and teach a master class at Utica College in April 2017. Submit two...

$0 Poetry $2,000 Reading 8/31/16
Southern Indiana Review
Mary C. Mohr Award

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Southern Indiana Review are given annually for a poem and a work of fiction. Jericho Brown will judge in poetry, and Adam Johnson will judge in...

$20 Poetry, Fiction $2,000 Publication 10/3/16
Dana Awards
Dana Awards

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a novel or novel-in-progress. Two additional prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Submit five poems of no more than 100...

$15 Poetry, Fiction $2,000 10/31/16
Elixir Press
Poetry Awards

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. A second-place prize of $1,000 and publication is also awarded. Jane Satterfield will judge. Submit a...

$30 Poetry $2,000 Publication 10/31/16
Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Meringoff Awards

Three prizes of $2,000 each and possible publication in the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers journal, Literary Imagination, or its newsletter, Literary Matters,...

$50 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 9/15/16
Crab Orchard Review
Special Issue Feature Awards

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "Weather Reports: All About the...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 10/1/16
Alice James Books
Alice James Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet residing in the United States. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $30 entry fee by...

$30 Poetry $2,000 Publication 11/1/16
California State University in Fresno
Philip Levine 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 also receives $500 and lodging to give a reading at California State University...

$25 Poetry $2,000 Reading, Publication 9/30/16
Carlow University
Patricia Dobler Poetry Award

A prize valued at $2,000 is given annually to a woman poet over 40 who has not published a book in any genre. The winner receives $1,000; publication in Voices From the Attic, Carlow University'...

$20 Poetry $2,000 Reading 10/1/16
Copper Nickel
Jake Adam York Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions will be given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Ross Gay will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48...

$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 10/15/16
Cave Canem Foundation
Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize

A prize valued at approximately $2,500 will be given annually for a poetry chapbook by a black poet. The winner will receive $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books, and travel and lodging expenses to attend...

$12 Poetry $2,500 Reading 9/30/16
Mad River Books
Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Mad River Books, the literary trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a poetry collection. Kathy Fagan will judge. Using the online...

$28 Poetry $2,500 Publication 9/30/16
American Poetry Review
Honickman First Book Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by American Poetry Review is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winning book is distributed by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium. Gabrielle...

$25 Poetry $3,000 Publication 10/31/16
New Criterion
Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by St. Augustine's Press is given annually for a poetry collection that pays close attention to form. Erica Dawson, Roger Kimball, and David Yezzi will judge. Submit a...

$25 Poetry $3,000 Publication 9/30/16
Red Hen Press
Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

A prize of $3,000, publication by Red Hen Press, and a four-week residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a poetry collection. Afaa Michael Weaver will judge. Submit a manuscript...

$25 Poetry $3,000 Publication, Residency 9/1/16
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Career Development Grants

Grants of up to $3,000 are given twice yearly to allow Minnesota writers to take advantage of a specific arts opportunity. Poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are U.S. citizens...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 10/28/16
Key West Literary Seminar
Emerging Writer Awards

Three prizes valued at $4,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and a novel-in-progress by writers who have not published a book with a major publisher. The winners will each...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $4,000 Workshop 9/12/16
Academy of American Poets
Walt Whitman Award

A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has not published a...

$35 Poetry $5,000 Publication, Residency 11/1/16
University of Arkansas Press
Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Billy Collins will judge. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 90 pages with a $28 entry fee by...

$28 Poetry $5,000 Publication 9/30/16
American Academy in Berlin
Berlin Prize Fellowships

Up to five residential fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to spend an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the American...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Residency 9/30/16
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Translation Prize

A prize of $5,000 will be given biennially for a translation-in-progress from German into English of a work of Austrian poetry or prose published after 1945. A jury of U.S. and Austrian publishers,...

$0 Poetry $5,000 10/10/16
Missouri Review
Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize

Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or up to 8,500 words of prose...

$22 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Publication 10/1/16
Sustainable Arts Foundation
Writing Awards

Up to five awards of $6,000 each and up to five Promise Awards of $2,000 each are given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $6,000 9/2/16
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