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 Ploughshares
Emerging Writer's Contest

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are...

Entry Fee $24 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/14
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 Deadline 5/31/14
Sponsor and Award Philadelphia Stories
Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Philadelphia Stories is given annually for a short story. Writers currently living in the United States are eligible. Julianna Baggott will judge. Using the...

Entry Fee $12 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/14
Sponsor and Award Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year....

Entry Fee $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/14/14
Sponsor and Award Parlor Press
New Measure Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Parlor Press in the Free Verse Editions series is given annually for a poetry collection. Jon Thompson will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/14