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.

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Sponsor and Award Great Lakes Colleges Association
New Writers Awards

Three prizes are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer to honor their first books. The winners each receive an all-expenses-paid trip to several of the 13 GLCA...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 7/25/13
Sponsor and Award Gival Press
Short Story Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Gival Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 5,000 to 15,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 8. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 8/8/13
Sponsor and Award Gemini Magazine
Flash Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of up to 1,000 words with a $4 entry fee ($3 for each...

Entry Fee $4 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 8/31/13
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