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 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 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 Tony Quagliano Poetry Fund
International Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 is given biennially to an experimental or avant-garde poet. Poets who have published at least one poetry collection or 20 poems in five or more journals or anthologies are eligible....

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/1/13
Sponsor and Award Tampa Review
Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by the University of Tampa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Selected poems will also be published in Tampa Review. Submit a manuscript of 48 to...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/13
Sponsor and Award Tupelo Press
Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and online publication in Tupelo Quarterly will be given twice yearly for a group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $20 entry fee by...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/19/14