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.

Artist Trust

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/25/18

Grants of up to $1,500 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are residents of Washington State. Students enrolled in a degree-granting...

read more

Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $60
Application Deadline: 6/30/18

A grand prize of $3,000 and five prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for self-published books of poetry, fiction, genre fiction, creative nonfiction, and children's...

read more

Barrow Street Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Ada Limón will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

read more

Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/30/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner...

read more

Engine Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Engine Books is given annually for a short story collection, a novella, a novella collection, or a novel. Using the online submission...

read more

Los Angeles Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/30/18

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Douglas Manuel...

read more

University of North Texas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a...

read more

Cider Press Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 6/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48...

read more

The Moth

Cash Prize: $3,690
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,690) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of publication, a weeklong retreat at...

read more

Parlor Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Parlor Press in the Free Verse Editions series is given annually for a poetry collection. Jon Thompson will judge. Using the online...

read more

University of Pittsburgh Press

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Writers who have published at least one previous book...

read more

University of Canberra

Cash Prize: $11,900
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 6/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $15,000 AUD (approximately $11,900) and publication in an e-book anthology is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $3,950)...

read more

Bauhan Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. David Blair will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80...

read more

Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Cash Prize: $50,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/18
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $65,000 CAD (approximately $50,000) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator...

read more

Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 6/30/18
Genre: Fiction

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

read more

Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 6/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using the online submission...

read more

Blue Mountain Center

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/1/18

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 an essayist or journalist whose...

read more

Claremont Graduate University

Cash Prize: $100,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/1/18
Genre: Poetry

The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner spends one week in residence at Claremont Graduate...

read more

Bellevue Literary Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/1/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works...

read more

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 7/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website is given annually for a poem that explores "positive visions of peace and the human spirit."...

read more

Prairie Heritage, Inc.

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/1/18

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that "illuminates the heritage of America's mid-...

read more

Literary Arts

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/9/18

Fellowships of $3,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. One Women...

read more

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Cash Prize: $1,400
Entry Fee: $7
Application Deadline: 7/12/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize £1,000 (approximately $1,400); a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writing Centre of Wales; and publication on the Ledbury Poetry Festival website is given annually for...

read more

Rattle

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a poem. A Reader's Choice Award of $2,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Submit up to four...

read more

Literal Latté

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Submit up to ten poems totaling no more than 2,000 words each...

read more

Pages