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 Passages North
Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Passages North are given biennially for a short story and a short short story. For the Waasmode Short Fiction Prize, submit a story of up to 7,500...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/15/12
Sponsor and Award Poets & Writers, Inc.
California Writers Exchange Contest

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded every three years to a poet and a fiction writer living in California. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid, weeklong trip to New York City to meet with...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 8/31/12
Sponsor and Award PEN American Center
PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction

A prize of $10,000 is given biennially for a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective. Submit three copies of a book published in 2011 or 2012...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/13
Sponsor and Award PEN American Center
PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants

Grants of $2,000 to $4,000 each are given annually to support the translation of book-length works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that have not previously appeared in English or have...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $4,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/13
Sponsor and Award Pressgang
Pressgang Prize

A prize of $1,500, publication by Pressgang, and a reading at Butler University will be given annually for book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The editorial board will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 5/31/14
Sponsor and Award Public Poetry
ARTlines2 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 will be given triennially for an ekphrastic poem inspired by a piece of art selected by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The winner and runners-up will be invited to a reading and...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication, Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 11/30/14