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 Comstock Review
Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given biennially for a poetry chapbook. Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton will judge. Submit a manuscript of 25 to 34 pages...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award Drake University
Emerging Writer Award

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a first book of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or graphic poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, published in the last three years. The prize is given in...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 9/15/15
Sponsor and Award Formalist
Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry is given annually for a sonnet. Gail White will judge. Submit a sonnet with a $3 entry fee by November 15. Send an SASE or...

Entry Fee $3 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/15/15
Sponsor and Award Ghost Story
Supernatural Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Ghost Story website will be given twice yearly for a short story with a supernatural or magic realism theme. The editors will judge. Submit a story of 1,...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award Hippocampus Magazine
Remember in November Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication in Hippocampus Magazine, and free admission to the annual HippoCamp Conference in Fall 2016 will be given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system...

Entry Fee $12 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Award Hit & Run Press
William Dickey Memorial Broadside Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication as a broadside by Hit & Run Press will be given annually for a poem. Forrest Gander will judge. Submit a poem between 12 to 30 lines with a $10 entry fee by November...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/15/15