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.

Restless Books

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/28/18

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books is given in alternating years for a debut book of fiction or nonfiction by a first-generation immigrant. The 2018 prize...

read more

Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 2/28/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 author copies is given three times a year for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared...

read more

Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a woman. Lidia Yuknavitch will judge. Using the online submission...

read more

Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,180
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 2/28/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,180) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. Sherrie Flick will judge. Submit a story of...

read more

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Cash Prize: $5,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/28/18

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500...

read more

Selected Shorts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop is given annually for a short story. The winning work will be...

read more

Lake Forest College

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at...

read more

PEN Northwest

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

A seven-month residency from April to October, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer to live and...

read more

Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press will be given annually for a book of historical fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of any...

read more

Alabama State Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using...

read more

Mad Creek Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Mad Creek Books, the trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a collection of short prose. Michelle Herman will...

read more

University of Wisconsin

Cash Prize: $38,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of at least $38,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to five writers working on a...

read more

Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...

read more

Mississippi Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in...

read more

Colorado Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/14/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Margot Livesey will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $15 entry fee...

read more

Washington College

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/18

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is given annually to a novelist or nonfiction writer working on a book relating to the literature, history, culture, or art...

read more

James Jones Literary Society

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work will be published in ...

read more

Bellingham Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for...

read more

Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Sowilo Press is given annually for a novel or story collection by a woman writer over the age of 40. Using the online submission system,...

read more

The Writer's Center

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Authors, publishers, and agents may submit three copies of a novel...

read more

Sarabande Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $29
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a...

read more

Sonora Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/15/18

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. The 2018 contest theme is "...

read more

The Pinch

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Maggie Smith will judge in poetry, Carmen Maria...

read more

Prairie Schooner

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. An editorial board will...

read more

Hunger Mountain

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ephemeral Artery, Hunger Mountain's online publication, are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an...

read more

Pages