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 Rosebud
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for a short story. Roderick Clark will judge. Submit a previously unpublished story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee,...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award New Rivers Press
American Fiction Short Story Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the anthology American Fiction is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $16 entry...

Entry Feesort icon $16 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award Hidden River Arts
William Van Wert Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction (and a synopsis if submitting a novel excerpt) with a $17...

Entry Feesort icon $17 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
First Book Award
A prize of $2,500, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually for a poetry collection. U.S....
Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 7/8/16
Sponsor and Award Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given three times yearly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,...
Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/16
Sponsor and Award Boston Review
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16