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 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. Carl Phillips will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 96 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. Call or...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/31/15
Sponsor and Award Red Mountain Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Mountain Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Denise Low will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $30 entry fee ($27 for electronic...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/15/15
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. A second-place prize of $750 and a third-place prize of $500 are also given. The theme this year is "...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/21/15
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. Camille Dungy 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 Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award River Teeth
Literary Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Andre Dubus III will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 400 pages with a $25...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/15/15
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Wild Light Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Los Angeles Review is given annually for a poem. Amy Uyematsu will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 200 lines each with a $25 entry fee by...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/15/15