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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
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. Timothy Donnelly will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages...

$27 Poetry $3,000 Publication 6/30/14
Writer's Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in New York City to meet with editors and agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay....

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 6/3/14
Writers' Village
International Short Fiction Competition

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $4,990) and publication on the Writers Village website will be given twice yearly for a short story. Lawrence Block, Jill Dawson, and John Yeoman will judge. Using the...

$25 Fiction $4,990 Publication 6/30/14
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. Copies of the winning book are purchased and distributed to approximately 5,000 members of the Academy of American Poets. U...

$0 Poetry $5,000 5/15/14
University of Pittsburgh Press
Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a first poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length collection of poems may submit a manuscript...

$25 Poetry $5,000 Publication 4/30/14
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 7/1/14
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