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 Dzanc Books
Short Story Collection Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Dzanc Books is given annually for a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $20 entry fee by December 31. Visit the website for complete...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/12
Sponsor and Award DIAGRAM
Innovative Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in DIAGRAM is given annually for an innovative short story. Ben Marcus will judge. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $15 entry fee by March 30. Send an...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/30/13
Sponsor and Award Dayton Literary Peace Foundation
Literary Prizes

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a work of fiction and a work of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that “foster peace, social justice, and global...

Entry Fee $100 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 3/31/13
Sponsor and Award Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg
Poetry Prizes

Prizes ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 each are awarded annually for lyric poems celebrating the human spirit by poets under the age of 40. Submit two copies of up to three poems (only one of the poems...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 10/5/13
Sponsor and Award DIAGRAM
Essay Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in DIAGRAM is given annually for an essay. Hybrid elements and unique textual, formal, or visual elements are encouraged, but not required. Ander Monson and...

Entry Fee $17 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 10/31/13
Sponsor and Award Dream Horse Press
American Poetry Journal Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Dream Horse Press is given annually for a poetry collection. J. P. Dancing Bear will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 65 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/28/14