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 Hill-Stead Museum
Sunken Garden Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hill-Stead Museum is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at Hill-Stead in...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication, Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 12/1/12
Sponsor and Award Hunger Mountain
Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hunger Mountain is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by June 30. Visit the website for complete...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/30/14
Sponsor and Award Hidden River Arts
William Van Wert Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hidden River Review is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction with a $17...

Entry Fee $17 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/30/14
Sponsor and Award Hunger Mountain
Creative Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Hunger Mountain website is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Submit an essay of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by September 10....

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/10/14
Sponsor and Award Hackney Literary Awards
Novel Contest

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 9/30/14
Sponsor and Award Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute Fellowships

Fellowships of $75,000 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $75,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 10/1/14