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 Cave Canem Foundation
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a first book of poetry by a black poet of African descent. Kwame Dawes will judge. Using the online submission...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/15/16
Sponsor and Award Ruminate
William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/15/16
Sponsor and Award Hidden River Publishing
Eludia Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Sowilo Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, and 10 author copies is given annually for a first novel or short story collection by a woman over the age of 40 who...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/15/16
Sponsor and Award Fourth Genre
Steinberg Essay Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Current and former students of Michigan State University are ineligible. Ned Stuckey-French will judge. Using...

Entry Fee $22 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/15/16
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Milton Postgraduate Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. The fellowship, valued at $25,000, includes a $5,000 stipend, a...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $25,000 Prize includes Reading, Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 3/15/16
Sponsor and Award The Word Works
Washington Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Word Works is given annually to a U.S. or Canadian poet for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by March 15. Send an...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/15/16