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 Verse
Tomaž Šalamun Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Verse will be given annually for a poetry chapbook by a poet who has published no more than one poetry collection. Translations into English of works by...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 7/15/15
Sponsor and Award Virginia Commonwealth University
Cabell First Novelist Award
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and the winner's agent also receive lodging and travel expenses to attend the First Novelist Award Night...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/14/16
Sponsor and Award Virginia Commonwealth University
Levis Reading Prize
A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry published during the previous year. Students and faculty of the MFA...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/16