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 Washington College
Patrick Henry Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is given annually to a...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $45,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 2/15/13
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 Wag's Revue
Summer Writers' Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Wag's Revue is given twice yearly for a poem or group of poems, a short story, or an essay. All entries are considered for publication. The editors will...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 8/31/13