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 Colgate University
Olive B. O'Connor Fellowships

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $40,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to poets, fiction writers, or nonfiction writers. The 20172018...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $40,500 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 2/1/17
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Colorado Review
Nelligan Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Richard Bausch will judge. Submit a story of 10 to 50 pages with a $15 entry fee ($17 for online...

Entry Fee $17 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/14/17
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Crazyhorse
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Ada Limn will judge in poetry, Justin Torres will judge in fiction, and...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/17
Sponsor and Awardsort icon DASH Journal
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in DASH Journal will be given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 33 lines each with a $10 entry fee ($15 for...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/17
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Elizabeth Kostova Foundation
English and Bulgarian Scholarships

Ten scholarships, valued at approximately $1,600 each, to attend the Sozopol Seminars in Sozopol, Bulgaria, are given annually to five prose writers working in English and five working in Bulgarian. The...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,600 Prize includes Application Deadline 3/6/17
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Fish Publishing
Flash Fiction Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,090) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. Chris Stewart will judge. Submit a story of up to 300 words with a 14...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,090 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/17