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 Matrix Magazine
Lit POP Awards

Two prizes valued at $2,000 each will be given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The winners will receive $100, publication in Matrix Magazine, and transportation and lodging to...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/30/14
Sponsor and Award National Poetry Review Press
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. C. J. Sage will judge. Submit a manuscript of 45 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 30....

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/14
Sponsor and Award Pressgang
Pressgang Prize

A prize of $1,500, publication by Pressgang, and a reading at Butler University will be given annually for book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The editorial board will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 5/31/14
Sponsor and Award Writer's Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in New York City to meet with editors and agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay....

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/3/14
Sponsor and Award Writers' Village
International Short Fiction Competition

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $4,990) and publication on the Writers Village website will be given twice yearly for a short story. Lawrence Block, Jill Dawson, and John Yeoman will judge. Using the...

Entry Feesort icon $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $4,990 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/14
Sponsor and Award Ploughshares
Emerging Writer's Contest

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are...

Entry Feesort icon $24 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/14