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 Prize Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon
Sponsor and Award Willow Books
Literature Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to give a reading at...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Winning Writers
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Arthur Powers will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a short...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Wick Poetry Center
Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,500 and publication by Kent State University Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Kent State University with the judge, who...
Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 5/1/15
Sponsor and Award Willow Springs Editions
Spokane Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Willow Springs Editions and Lost Horse Press is given annually for a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of three or more stories totaling at least 98 pages...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award Writer's Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in New York City to meet one-on-one with four agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay....

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 6/1/15
Sponsor and Award Writers' Village
International Short Fiction Competition

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,540) and publication on the Writers Village website is given twice yearly for a short story. John Yeoman will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story...

Entry Fee $23 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,540 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/30/15