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 Emergency Press
International Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Emergency Press is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Special consideration is given to submissions that are multi-media or cross-...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 5/15/13
Sponsor and Award Eco Arts Awards
Prize in Literature

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that addresses the theme of ecology. Alan Leslie Combs and David Vaux will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 11/18/13
Sponsor and Award Ellen Meloy Fund
Desert Writers Award

A prize of $3,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer "whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Meloy's writing" to spend creative time in a desert...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/14
Sponsor and Award Elixir Press
Antivenom Poetry Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given for a first or second poetry collection. George Kalamaras will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $30 entry fee by March 31...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/31/14
Sponsor and Award Enizagam
Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Enizagam are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Eileen Myles will judge in poetry and Daniel Alarcón will judge in fiction. Using...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 4/1/14
Sponsor and Award Elixir Press
Fiction Award

A prize of $2,500, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given biennially for a short story collection or novel. Phong Nguyen will judge. Submit a manuscript of 120 to 500 pages with a $40...

Entry Fee $40 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 5/31/14