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 Lambda Literary Foundation
Debut Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for debut books of fiction by LGBT writers published in the current year. Submit four copies of a first novel or a short story collection (or bound galleys)...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/1/12
Sponsor and Award Literal Latté
K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. All entries are considered for publication. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/13
Sponsor and Award Literal Latte
K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Lattéis given for a short story. All entries are considered for publication. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/13
Sponsor and Award Literal Latté 
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem. Submit up to six poems of no more than 2,000 words each with a $10 entry fee ($15 for up to 10 poems) by July 15...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 7/15/13
Sponsor and Award Literal Latté
Ames Essay Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a personal essay. Submit an essay of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($5 for an additional essay) by...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/15/13
Sponsor and Award Ladies' Home Journal
Personal Essay Contest

A prize of $3,000 and possible publication in Ladies' Home Journal will be given annually for a personal essay on a theme. This year's theme is "the Best Decision I Ever Made." The editors will...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/6/13