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 Grayson Books
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Grayson Books will be given annually for a poetry collection. Mekeel McBride will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 15....

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/15/15
Sponsor and Award Writers' Village
International Short Fiction Competition

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,540) and publication on the Writers Village website is given twice yearly for a short story. John Yeoman will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story...

Entry Feesort icon $23 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,540 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/15
Sponsor and Award Narrative
Spring Story Contest

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place...

Entry Feesort icon $22 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/31/15
Sponsor and Award Narrative
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem or group of poems. The poetry editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $...

Entry Feesort icon $22 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/20/15
Sponsor and Award Mark Twain House & Museum
Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a humorous short story or essay. Excerpts of the winning piece will be published on the Mark Twain House & Museum website. Ben Yagoda will judge. Submit a...

Entry Feesort icon $22 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 7/10/15
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....

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 7/8/15