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 Stanford University Libraries
William Saroyan International Prize

Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for works of fiction and creative nonfiction. The awards, cosponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, are “intended...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/12
Sponsor and Award Shenandoah
Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Writers

A prize of $500 and publication in Shenandoah is given annually for a poem by a writer born or residing in Virginia. Submit up to three poems by November 15. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/15/12
Sponsor and Award San José State University
Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing

A one-year residency at San José State University, which includes a stipend of $10,000, is given annually to a fiction writer or a creative nonfiction writer. The resident will give one public reading...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Reading, Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 1/2/13
Sponsor and Award Stadler Center for Poetry
Philip Roth Residence

A four-month residency, including a $4,000 stipend, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer. The 2013 Philip...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $4,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/13
Sponsor and Award Summer Literary Seminars
Unified Literary Contest

Three prizes, valued at $5,200 each, to attend the Summer Literary Seminars program in Lithuania or Kenya are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer. The prizes...

Entry Fee $17 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,200 Prize includes Publication, Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 2/28/13
Sponsor and Award Shenandoah
Bevel Summers Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Shenandoah's online issue is given annually for a short short story. Submit two copies of up to three stories of no more than 1,000 words each with a $3...

Entry Fee $3 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/31/13