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 Rattle
Poetry Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a poem. A Reader's Choice Award of $1,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. All entries are considered for publication....

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 7/15/13
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Mark Doty will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. Call or...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 8/31/13
Sponsor and Award Red Mountain Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Mountain Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 75 pages with a $30 entry fee ($27 for online submissions) by...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/15/13
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 Submit a previously unpublished story of up to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 to receive a copy...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 Real Simple
Life Lessons Essay Contest
A prize of $3,000 and publication in Real Simple is given annually for an essay on a theme by a U.S. writer. A second-place prize of $750 and a third place prize of $500 are also given. This year's...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/19/13