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 Southampton Review
Frank McCourt Memoir Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southampton Review will be given annually for a personal essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee...

Entry Feesort icon $10 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/16
Sponsor and Award Australian Book Review
Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

A prize of $7,000 AUD (approximately $5,040) and publication in Australian Book Review is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of $2,000 AUD (approximately $1,440) and a third-...

Entry Feesort icon $14 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $7,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/11/16
Sponsor and Award Crab Orchard Review
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a poem of up to five...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/21/16
Sponsor and Award Poetry International
Poetry International Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. Sam Taylor will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem) by...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/1/16
Sponsor and Award Colorado Review
Nelligan Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Gish Jen will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $15 entry fee by March 14. All entries are...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/14/16
Sponsor and Award Fish Publishing
Poetry Prize

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,090) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at the West Cork Literary Festival in...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,090 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 3/31/16