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 Georgetown Review
Short Story Collection Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Georgetown Review Press will be given annually for a short story collection or one or more novellas. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/30/13
Sponsor and Award Grub Street
National Book Prize in Poetry

A prize of $5,000 is given every three years for a recently published poetry collection by a writer living outside New England who has published at least one previous book of poetry. The winner also...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 10/1/13
Sponsor and Award Georgetown Review
Literary Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Georgetown Review is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay. Submit a poem, a story, or an essay of any length with a $10 entry fee ($5 for...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 10/15/13
Sponsor and Award Goethe-Institut Chicago
Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a book translated from German into English published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/14
Sponsor and Award Georgetown Review Press
Poetry Manuscript Contest

A prize of $1,500, publication by Georgetown Review Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Ada Limon will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $20 entry fee...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/15/14
Sponsor and Award Gulf Coast
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Rachel Zucker will judge in poetry, Andrea Barrett will judge in fiction,...

Entry Fee $23 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/15/14

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