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 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 11/1/16
Sponsor and Award Travelers' Tales
Solas Awards

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the annual anthology The Best Travel Writing and on the Travelers' Tales website is given annually for a travel essay. Writers from Arizona and Vermont are...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/21/16
Sponsor and Award Los Angeles Review
Literary Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Julie Marie Wade will judge in poetry, Amy...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/16
Sponsor and Award Black Lawrence Press
St. Lawrence Book Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Black Lawrence Press is given annually for a debut collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a poetry...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/31/16
Sponsor and Award phren-Z
Morton Marcus Poetry Contest

Sponsored in collaboration with Santa Cruz Writes, a prize of $1,000 and publication in phren-Z is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at the seventh annual...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 9/1/16
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Fiction and Nonfiction Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Red Hen Press are given annually for a short story collection or novel and an essay collection or memoir. Steve Almond will judge in fiction; Pope Brock will...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/1/16