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 Writer's Digest
Short Short Story Competition

A prize of $3,000, publication in Writer's Digest, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Writer's Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A second-place...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $3,000 Prize includes Publication, Travel Expenses, Conference Registration Application Deadline 11/17/14
Sponsor and Award Friends of American Writers
Literary Award

A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who previously resided in the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $4,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/10/14
Sponsor and Award Fish Publishing
Fish Short Story Prize

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $4,010) and publication in the annual Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words either by mail with a €22 (...

Entry Fee $29 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $4,010 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/30/14
Sponsor and Award Academy of American Poets
Walt Whitman Award

A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen who has not...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $5,000 Prize includes Publication, Residency Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award Black Balloon Publishing
Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Black Balloon Publishing will be given annually for a short story collection or a novel. The editors will judge. Submit an unpublished manuscript of at least 50,000...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $5,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award American Library Association
W. Y. Boyd Literary Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous year that is set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven copies of a book published...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/1/14

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