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 Awardsort icon Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Breakwater Review
Peseroff Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review will be given annually for a single poem. Jill McDonough will judge. Submit three poems of any length with a $10 entry fee by May 15. Visit...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Broadside Lotus Press
Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award

A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript between 60 to 90 pages between January 2...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Carolina Wren Press
Poetry Series

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a first or second poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $20...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Carve Magazine
Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Carve Magazine is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic submissions) by May 15....

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Cave Canem Foundation
Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Graywolf Press is given annually for a first poetry collection by a poet of African descent. Nikky Finney will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...
Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/9/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Center for Documentary Studies
Documentary Essay Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Document and on the Center for Documentary Studies website will be given biennially for an essay that uses documentary methods. The winner will also receive...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication, Travel and Lodging Expenses Application Deadline 3/2/15