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 Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website is given annually for a poem that explores "positive visions of peace and the human spirit." Submit two copies of up to three...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/1/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Nowhere Magazine
Spring Travel Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine will be given annually for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." John Jeremiah Sullivan will judge. Unpublished...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/1/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Northern Colorado Writers
Creative Nonfiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Northern Colorado Writers anthology Pooled Ink is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. BK Loren will judge. Submit an essay or excerpt of a...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon New Rivers Press
American Fiction Short Story Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the anthology American Fiction is given annually for a short story. Steve Almond will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 10,...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon New Guard
Poetry and Fiction Contest

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Guard are given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt. Roger Bonair-Agard will judge the Knightville Poetry Contest; Adam Braver...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/20/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon New England Poetry Club
Daniel Varoujan Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem in honor of Daniel Varoujan, an Armenian poet killed in the genocide in Turkey in 1915. Submit a poem with a $10 entry fee by May 31. Send an SASE, e-mail,...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/31/15