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 Poets & Writers, Inc.
Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to give a reading and meet with...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $500 Prize includes Reading, Travel Expenses, Residency Application Deadline 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award Sarabande Books
Bernheim Writing Residency

A two- to six-week residency at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, Kentucky, will be given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer. The resident will also...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $500 Prize includes Reading, Residency Application Deadline 12/15/14
Sponsor and Award Society of Classical Poets
Poetry Competition

A prize of $500 is given annually for a group of three to five poems on a theme. For this year's contest, one poem must address either the struggles of the Chinese people under communism or the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $500 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Spark
Writing Contest

A prize of $500 and publication in Spark: A Creative Anthology is given quarterly for a poem, a short story, or a personal essay on a theme. The winner also receives a lifetime membership to...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/4/15
Sponsor and Award Provincetown OuterMost Community Radio
Joe Gouveia Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to be featured on OuterMost Community Radio's Poets Corner program. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit five poems totaling...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/15/14
Sponsor and Award Schaffner Press
Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that "deals in some way with the...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14