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 New Millennium Writings
New Millennium Awards

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal's website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay that have...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/17/14
Sponsor and Award University of Iowa Press
Iowa Poetry Prize

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20 entry fee during the month of April. Call or visit the website for...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $20 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Red Hen Press
Short Story Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Los Angeles Review is given annually for a short story. Pete Fromm will judge. Submit up to two stories of no more than 25 pages each with a $20 entry fee by...
Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/14
Sponsor and Award Ruminate Magazine
Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate Magazine is given annually for a poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to two poems of no more than 40 lines each with a $20 entry fee...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/14
Sponsor and Award Hunger Mountain
Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hunger Mountain is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by June 30. Visit the website for complete...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/14
Sponsor and Award Northern Colorado Writers
Creative Nonfiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Northern Colorado Writers anthology Pooled Ink is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Laura Pritchett will judge. Submit an essay or...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/14