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 The Writer’s Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the center receive a $250 honorarium each, and others receive...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $250 Prize includes Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 4/12/13
Sponsor and Award Teachers & Writers Collaborative
Bechtel Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Teachers & Writers Magazine is given annually for an essay that relates to creative writing education or literary studies. Susan Orlean will judge....

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 7/1/13
Sponsor and Award Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas is given annually for a group of poems. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the 2013 Tennessee Williams/New...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 8/15/13
Sponsor and Award The Formalist
Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry is given annually for a sonnet. Dick Davis will judge. Submit a sonnet with a $3 entry fee by November 15. Send an SASE or...
Entry Fee $3 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/15/13
Sponsor and Award Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Louisiana Literature is given for a short story. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the 2014 New Orleans Literary Festival and to...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/15/13
Sponsor and Award The Ledge Press
Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by the Ledge Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 16 to 28 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/30/13

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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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