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 University of Iowa Press
Short Fiction Awards

Two publication awards are given annually by University of Iowa Press for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible. Submit a manuscript of at...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/13
Sponsor and Award Lynchburg College
Thornton Writer Residency

A fourteen-week residency at Lynchburg College, including a stipend, is awarded annually to a poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer for the spring term. The stipend amount varies annually...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon Prize includes Reading, Workshop, Residency Application Deadline 10/15/13
Sponsor and Award Before Columbus Foundation
American Book Awards

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year that make contributions to American multicultural literature. Submit two copies of a book published in 2013 by...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/13
Sponsor and Award Commonwealth Club of California
California Book Awards

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction). Prizes are also given for a first book of fiction and a...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline 12/16/13
Sponsor and Award University of Texas
Dobie Paisano Fellowships

Two residencies, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, at a rural retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, have lived in Texas for at least three years, or who...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline 1/15/14
Sponsor and Award Pushcart Press
Pushcart Prizes

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for poetry, fiction, and essays published by literary magazines or small presses during the previous year....

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/1/13