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 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 currently include Beacon Press, Ecco,...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/15/16
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 poets. Poets who have published either a full-length collection of poetry of at...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/9/16
Sponsor and Award Narrative
Winter Story Contest

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-...

Entry Fee $23 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/16
Sponsor and Award New South
Writing Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Anya Silver will judge in poetry; Matthew Salesses will judge in prose. Using the...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/15/16
Sponsor and Award New Ohio Review
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Tony Hoagland will judge in poetry, Charles Johnson...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/15/16
Sponsor and Award Nimrod International Journal
Nimrod Literary Awards

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for works of poetry and short fiction. The winners also receive transportation and lodging to attend...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/16