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
Sponsor and Award Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Winners and finalists are invited to read their poems at Beyond Baroque in October. Submit up to four poems of no more than 40 lines each with a $20 entry...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 9/1/14
Sponsor and Award Black Warrior Review
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Richard Siken will judge in poetry, Lily Hoang will judge in...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/1/14
Sponsor and Award Bear Deluxe Magazine
Doug Fir Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000, publication in Bear Deluxe Magazine, and a residency of up to 14 weeks at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon is given annually for a short story relating to the...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication, Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 9/2/14
Sponsor and Award Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

A prize of $10,000 is given annually to an emerging African American author for a short story collection or novel. Thomas Beller, Anthony Grooms, Elizabeth Nunez, Francine Prose, and Patricia Towers will...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 10/1/14
Sponsor and Award Boston Review
Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a short story. Ruth Ozeki will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a six-...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 10/1/14
Sponsor and Award Black Balloon Publishing
Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Black Balloon Publishing will be given annually for a short story collection or a novel. The editors will judge. Submit an unpublished manuscript of at least 50,000...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 10/31/14