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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 Deadlinesort icon
Nightboat Books
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Nightboat Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Kazim Ali will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $28 entry fee by November 15. All...

$28 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/15
National Poetry Review Press
Rousseau Prize for Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press, in collaboration with Dream Horse Press, is given annu-ally for a collection of poetry or flash fiction. Profits from entry fees are...

$30 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/15/15
Formalist
Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry is given annually for a sonnet. Gail White will judge. Submit a sonnet with a $3 entry fee by November 15. Send an SASE or...

$3 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/15
Hit & Run Press
William Dickey Memorial Broadside Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication as a broadside by Hit & Run Press will be given annually for a poem. Forrest Gander will judge. Submit a poem between 12 to 30 lines with a $10 entry fee by November...

$10 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/15
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 11/2/15
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 U.S. citizen who has not...

$35 Poetry $5,000 Publication, Residency 11/1/15
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