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 RopeWalk Press
Editor’s Fiction Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by RopeWalk Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a fiction chapbook. Submit a manuscript of up to 45 pages with a $20 entry fee ($5 for each additional entry)...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/15/13
Sponsor and Award Rosebud Magazine
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud Magazine is given annually for a short story. Submit a previously unpublished story of up to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 to receive a copy...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/15/13
Sponsor and Award Robert Frost Foundation
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem written in the spirit of Robert Frost. Submit two copies of up to three poems totaling no more than three pages with a $10 entry fee per poem by February 1...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/14
Sponsor and Award Ruminate
VanderMey Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit an essay or short memoir of up to 5,500 words with...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/15/14
Sponsor and Award Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Wesley McNair will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March 15. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 3/15/14
Sponsor and Award Rubery Book Award
International Rubery Book Award

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,635) will be given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction that is self-published or published by an independent press. The winning book will...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,635 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 4/30/14

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November/December 2014

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.

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