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 Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Award River Teeth
Literary Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Andre Dubus III will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 400 pages with a $25...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/15/15
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Wild Light Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Los Angeles Review is given annually for a poem. Amy Uyematsu will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 200 lines each with a $25 entry fee by...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/15/15
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection or novel. Kate Gale will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 200 pages with a $20 entry fee by October 31...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Nonfiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a essay collection or memoir. Kate Gale will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 200 pages with a $20 entry fee by October 31....

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Graphic Novel Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a graphic novel. Kate Gale will judge. Submit a manuscript of 75 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Call or visit...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award Reed Magazine
John Steinbeck Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Los Angeles Review is given annually for a poem. Camille Dungy will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 120 lines each with a $20 entry fee by...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award Reed Magazine
Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $15 entry fee, which...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award Red Mountain Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Mountain Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Denise Low will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $30 entry fee ($27 for electronic...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/15/15
Sponsor and Award Reed Magazine
Gabriele Rico Challenge in Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,333 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,333 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award Real Simple
Life Lessons Essay Contest

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Real Simple is given annually for an essay on a theme. A second-place prize of $750 and a third-place prize of $500 are also given. The theme this year is "...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/21/15