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 Submit a previously unpublished story of up to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 to receive a copy...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 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
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Los Angeles Review is given annually for a poem. Hilda Raz will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 120 lines each with a $20 entry fee by...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 9/30/13
Sponsor and Award Reed Magazine
John Steinbeck Short Story Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/1/13
Sponsor and Award Reed Magazine
Gabrielle Rico Creative Nonfiction Challenge

A prize of $1,333 and publication in Reed Magazine will be given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,333 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/1/13