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 North Carolina Writers' Network
Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story. The winning story will be considered for publication in Thomas Wolfe Review. Wiley Cash will judge. Submit two copies of a story of up to 3...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/30/17
Sponsor and Award New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and a work of nonfiction (including creative...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award Northern Colorado Writers
Top of the Mountain Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a novel, memoir, or book-length work of narrative nonfiction. Submit the first twenty-five pages of a novel or creative nonfiction manuscript with a one-page...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 2/1/17
Sponsor and Award National Poetry Series
Open Competition

Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers include Beacon Press, Ecco, Milkweed...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/17
Sponsor and Award Naugatuck River Review
Narrative Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Naugatuck River Review is given annually for a narrative poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of no more than 50 lines each...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/17
Sponsor and Award National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships

Grants of $25,000 each are awarded in alternating years to poets and prose writers. This year grants will be awarded to prose writers. Fiction and creative nonfiction writers who have published at least...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/8/17