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 Feesort icon Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Award Bard College
Bard Fiction Prize
A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give at least one public lecture...
Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $30,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award Blue Mountain Center
Richard J. Margolis Award
A prize of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to an essayist or journalist whose work "combines warmth, humor...
Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadline 7/1/16
Sponsor and Award Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge
Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that "illuminates the heritage of America's mid-continental prairies." Authors and...

Entry Feesort icon $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Award Breakwater Review
Peseroff Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a single poem. Jill McDonough will judge. Submit three poems of any length with a $10 entry fee by May 15. All...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Award Breakwater Review
Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review will be given annually for a story. Askold Melnyczuk will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $10 entry fee by May 15. All...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Award Bridport Arts Centre
Bridport Prize

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $7,150) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. Two second-place prizes of £1,000 (approximately $1,430)...

Entry Feesort icon $13 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $7,150 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16