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 Finishing Line Press
Open Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive a standard royalty contract for a Kindle edition of the winning chapbook....

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/30/13
Sponsor and Award Foundation for Jewish Culture
Goldberg Prize for Outstanding Debut Fiction

A prize of $2,500, administered by the Jewish Book Council, will be given annually for a debut work of fiction by a U.S. writer published during the current year that explores Jewish themes. The winner...

Entry Fee $125 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 10/7/13
Sponsor and Award Finishing Line Press
New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook by a woman who has not published a full-length collection. Leah Maines will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/15/14
Sponsor and Award Four Way Books
Intro Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given biennially for a first poetry collection. The winner will also be invited to participate in a reading in New York City. Brenda Shaughnessy...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/31/14
Sponsor and Award Flipped Eye Publishing
Venture Award

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,680) and publication by Flipped Eye Publishing will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. Tara Betts will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 15 pages via e-mail...

Entry Fee $34 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,680 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 10/17/14
Sponsor and Award Fiction Collective Two
Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a short story collection, a novella or novella collection, or a novel. U.S....

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $15,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/1/14