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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 Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Unterberg Poetry Center
Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prizes

Four prizes of $500 each and publication in Boston Review are given annually for a group of poems. Winners also receive transportation to and lodging in New York City to give a reading at the...

$12 Poetry $500 Reading, Publication 1/13/17
Colorado Review
Colorado Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Susan Howe will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28...

$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 1/14/17
BkMk Press
Ciardi/Chandra Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 110 pages of poetry or 125 to 300 pages of...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/15/17
Asheville Poetry Review
William Matthews Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina. Cornelius Eady...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/15/17
University of Mississippi
Summer Poet-in-Residence Award

A one-month residency, which includes a $3,000 honorarium, to live and work in Oxford, Mississippi, near the University of Mississippi campus, is given annually to a poet who is working on a manuscript....

$0 Poetry $3,000 Reading, Residency 1/15/17
University of Texas in Austin
Dobie Paisano Fellowships

Two residencies, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, at a rural retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, who have lived in Texas for at least three years, or...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $25,000 1/15/17
Permafrost
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Alaska Press is given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. The 2017 prize will be given for a book of poetry. Jericho...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/15/17
Jewish Currents
Raynes Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a poem on a theme. This year's theme is "Borders and Boundaries." The winning poem will also appear in an anthology...

$18 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/15/17
Third Coast
Poetry and Fiction Contests

Two awards of $1,000 each and publication in Third Coast are given annually for a poem and a short story. Natalie Diaz will judge the Third Coast Poetry Prize, and Desiree Cooper will judge the...

$16 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 1/15/17
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 1/24/17
New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and a work of nonfiction (including creative...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/17
Iowa Review
Iowa Review Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Joyelle McSweeney will judge in poetry, Amelia Gray will...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 1/31/17
Main Street Rag
Poetry Book Award

A prize of $1,200, publication by Main Street Rag, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors and previous winners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84...

$25 Poetry $1,200 Publication 1/31/17
Crazyhorse
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Ada Limn will judge in poetry, Justin Torres will judge in fiction, and...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 1/31/17
Winter Anthology
Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, or an essay. Donna Stonecipher will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/17
Balcones Center for Creative Writing
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three copies of a book published in 2016 (...

$30 Poetry, Fiction $1,500 1/31/17
Hippocrates Prize
Open International Award

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,200) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and on the website is given annually for a poem on a medical theme. Using the online submission system, submit...

$9 Poetry $1,200 Publication 1/31/17
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Individual Artist Grants for Women

Grants of up to $1,500 are given annually to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants will be awarded to poets...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 1/31/17
Schaffner Press
Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that "deals in some way with the...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/17
Writers at Work
Writing Competition

Three prizes of publication in Quarterly West are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay or memoir excerpt. The winners also choose to receive either $...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/17
Virginia Commonwealth University
Levis Reading Prize

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry published during the previous year...

$0 Poetry $5,000 Reading 2/1/17
Binghamton University
Book Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry collection of at least 48 pages....

$0 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 2/1/17
Passaic County Community College
Paterson Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet must participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading at the Poetry Center in Paterson, New...

$0 Poetry $1,000 Reading 2/1/17
University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of at least $30,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to six writers working on a first or second book of poetry...

$50 Poetry, Fiction $30,000 Reading, Workshop, Residency 2/1/17
Southern Indiana Review
Michael Waters Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 80 pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page)...

$25 Poetry $3,000 Publication 2/1/17
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