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 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 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Southern Indiana Review
Thomas A. Wilhelmus Nonfiction Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Michael Martone will judge. Submit an essay of up to 35 pages with a $20 entry...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Southern Humanities Review
Auburn Witness Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Humanities Review is given annually for a poem of witness in honor of the late poet Jake Adam York. The winner also receives travel expenses to read...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Nowhere Magazine
Travel Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." Porter Fox will judge. Unpublished and...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Willow Springs Books
Spokane Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Willow Springs Books is given annually for a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of three or more stories totaling at least 98 pages with a $27.50 entry fee...

Entry Fee $27 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award University of Akron Press
Akron Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Allison Joseph will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 90...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/15/16