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 Deadline
Sponsor and Award Library of Virginia
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in the previous year. Books by writers who were born in or are residents of Virginia or, in the case...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/12/16
Sponsor and Award Lake Forest College
Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency

A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at Lake Forest College is given...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication, Residency Application Deadline 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award Leeway Foundation
Art and Change Grants

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly by the Leeway Foundation to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/1/16
Sponsor and Award Lascaux Review
Flash Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a work of flash fiction. Previously published and unpublished stories are eligible. Submit up to three stories of no...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/16
Sponsor and Award Loft Literary Center
Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 each are 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 Application Deadline 4/1/16
Sponsor and Award Late Night Library
Debut-litzer Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a first book of poetry and a first book of fiction published in the previous year. The winners are featured on the Late Night Library podcast series, and...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 4/30/16