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 Naugatuck River Review
Narrative Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Naugatuck River Review is given annually for a narrative poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of no more than 50 lines each...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/17
Sponsor and Award Public Poetry
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,074 and publication on the Public Poetry website will be given annually for a poem on a theme. This year's theme is "Work." Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,074 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/28/17
Sponsor and Award Writers at Work
Writing Competition

Three prizes of publication in Quarterly West are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay or memoir excerpt. The winners also choose to receive either $...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/31/17
Sponsor and Award Furious Flower Poetry Center
Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000 will be given for a group of poems by a poet who has not published more than one poetry collection. A second-place prize of $1,000 will also be given. The winners will also each receive...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes $2,000 Application Deadline 2/16/17
Sponsor and Award Fourth Genre
Steinberg Essay Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Faith Adiele will judge. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $22...

Entry Feesort icon $22 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/15/17
Sponsor and Award Ahsahta Press
Sawtooth Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500, publication by Ahsahta Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Boise State University are ineligible. Tyrone Williams will...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/1/17