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 Loft Literary Center
Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant

Grants of up to $10,000 will be given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one year. Writers who have published no...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes 10000 Application Deadlinesort icon 3/27/13
Sponsor and Award Late Night Library
Debut-litzer Award

Three prizes of $1,000 each will be given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published in the previous year. In addition, the winners will be featured on the Late Night...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 5/31/13
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

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Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.

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