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 Feesort icon Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Award French-American Foundation
Translation Prizes

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. A...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/15/17
Sponsor and Award Friends of American Writers
Literary Award

A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who previously resided in the...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $4,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/10/16
Sponsor and Award Fish Publishing
Flash Fiction Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,090) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. Chris Stewart will judge. Submit a story of up to 300 words with a 14...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,090 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/17
Sponsor and Award Fish Publishing
Short Memoir Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,090) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short memoir. Horatio Clare will judge. Submit a memoir of up to 4,000 words with a €16 (...

Entry Feesort icon $17 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,090 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award Furious Flower Poetry Center
Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000 will be given for a group of poems by a poet who has not published more than one poetry collection. A second-place prize of $1,000 will also be given. The winners will also each receive...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes $2,000 Application Deadline 2/16/17
Sponsor and Award Fourth Genre
Steinberg Essay Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Faith Adiele will judge. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $22...

Entry Feesort icon $22 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/17