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 Florida Review
Editors’ Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. All entries are considered for publication. The editors will...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/17/13
Sponsor and Award Four Way Books
Levis Prize in Poetry

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

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication, Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 3/31/13
Sponsor and Award Fiscal Press
Henry Hazlitt Contest for Business Fiction

A prize of $500 and a $2,000 advance against royalties for publication by Fiscal Press will be given annually for a novel on the theme of business or entrepreneurship. The editors will judge. Using the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 4/30/13
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 Fordham University at Lincoln Center
Poets Out Loud Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Fordham University Press are given annually for poetry collections. The winners are also invited to give a reading at the Fordham University at Lincoln Center...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/8/13