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 Deadline
Sponsor and Award Crab Orchard Review
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a single poem of up to...

Entry Fee $23 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/21/14
Sponsor and Award Carve Magazine
Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Carve Magazine is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic submissions) by May 15....

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/14
Sponsor and Award Creative Nonfiction
Short Memoir Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction will be given for a short memoir. The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 4,000 words with a $20 entry fee (for an additional $5...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/14
Sponsor and Award Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem that has not won a national competition. George Bilgere will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages with a $15 entry fee by June...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/16/14
Sponsor and Award Cider Press Review
Editors' Prize Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/14
Sponsor and Award Crook's Corner Book Prize Foundation
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a debut novel published in the United States and set in the American South. The winner will also be entitled to receive a free glass of wine every day for a year...

Entry Fee $45 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/30/14
Sponsor and Award Comstock Review
Muriel Craft Bailey Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a poem. Kwame Dawes will judge. Submit any number of poems of up to 40 lines each with a $5 entry fee per poem by July...

Entry Fee $5 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/1/14
Sponsor and Award Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
First Book Award

A prize of $2,500, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually for a poetry collection. U....

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 7/8/14