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.

American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 4/19/21

Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of prose translated from any language into English and published in the previous year. For the...

read more

American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $6,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/19/21

A prize of $6,000 is given annually for a book of poetry or a text from Zen Buddhism translated from an Asian language into English and published in the previous year....

read more

American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/19/21

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction translated from Italian into English and published in the previous year. Publishers or translators may...

read more

Whiting Foundation

Cash Prize: $40,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/19/21

Up to eight grants of $40,000 each are given annually for creative nonfiction works-in-progress to enable writers to complete their books. Creative nonfiction writers under...

read more

Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 4/23/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

read more

F(r)iction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/29/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given twice yearly for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 1,000 to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by April 29. All...

read more

University of Iowa Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20...

read more

University of Mississippi

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 is given annually for a single poem that evokes the American South. The winner will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to Oxford, Mississippi, for the...

read more

Oversound

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Oversound, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Timothy Donnelly will judge. Using only the online submission...

read more

Beloit Poetry Journal

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Beloit Poetry Journal is given annually for a single poem. Natasha Trethewey will judge. Using only the online submission system,...

read more

Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Tupelo Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Victoria Chang will judge. Submit a manuscript...

read more

Marsh Hawk Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. David Lehman will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

read more

Just Buffalo Literary Center

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $1,500 and a monthlong residency in Buffalo, New York, will be given annually to a poet. The fellowship includes lodging at a private...

read more

DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/21

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or hybrid-genre work. Ander...

read more

Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication on the Ghost Story website is given twice yearly for a short story with a supernatural or magic realism theme. The winning work will...

read more

Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Lee Ann Roripaugh will judge. Using only the online...

read more

University of Pittsburgh Press

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee...

read more

Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Steve Healey will judge. Using only the...

read more

Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/21

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Dennis Norris II will judge. Unpublished and...

read more

Inlandia Institute

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by the Inlandia Institute, and twenty author copies are given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. resident and a poetry collection...

read more

Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a single poem. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems with a...

read more

Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in OmniVerse, the online journal of Omnidawn Publishing, is given annually for a single poem. The winner also receives 50 copies of a...

read more

Ashland Poetry Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ashland Poetry Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Maggie Anderson will judge. Using only the online...

read more

University of Mississippi

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel published during the previous year that is set in the South and reflects Willie Morris’s “hope for belonging, for belief in a...

read more

University of Nebraska Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by University of Nebraska Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. An honorable mention prize of $1,000 and...

read more

Pages