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 Writer’s Digest
Short Short Story Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City for the annual Writer’s Digest Conference is given annually for a short short story. A second-place prize of $1,500 is also awarded. Both...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 11/15/12
Sponsor and Award Winning Writers
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest

A prize of $3,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a short story or an essay. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also awarded. John Howard Reid and Dee Konrad will...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 4/30/13
Sponsor and Award Winning Writers
Sports Fiction & Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a story and an essay on the theme of sports. Jendi Reiter will judge. Submit up to 6,000 words of prose...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 5/31/13
Sponsor and Award Writer’s Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with editors and agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay. Prizes of $1,000 each are also given for a work...

Entry Fee $32 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Travel Application Deadlinesort icon 6/3/13
Sponsor and Award Writers & Books
Gell Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Big Pencil Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Gell Center of the Finger Lakes in Bristol Valley,...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/14
Sponsor and Award Writers at Work
Fellowship Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication in Quarterly West, and tuition to attend the Writers at Work Conference in Alta, Utah, in June is given annually for a group of poems, a short story or a novel...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/14

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