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 Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Award River Styx
Schlafly Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a short short story. The winner also receives a case of Schlafly microbrewed beer. Submit up to three stories of no more...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Tupelo Press
Dorset Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages with a $28 entry fee by December 31. All entries are considered for...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Society of Classical Poets
Poetry Competition

A prize of $500 is given annually for a group of three to five poems on a theme. For this year's contest, one poem must address either the struggles of the Chinese people under communism or the...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Writers' Village
International Short Fiction Competition

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,669) and publication on the Writers' Village website is given twice yearly for a short story. John Yeoman will judge. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words by e-mail...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,669 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 12/31/14
Sponsor and Award Mississippi Review
Mississippi Review Prize

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Current or former University of Southern Mississippi students are ineligible....

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/1/15
Sponsor and Award Gemini Magazine
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $5 entry fee by January 2, 2015....

Entry Fee $5 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/2/15
Sponsor and Award San José State University
Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing

A one-year residency at San José State University, which includes a stipend of $10,000, is given annually to two to three fiction writers or creative nonfiction writers. The fellows will give one public...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Reading, Residency Application Deadline 1/2/15
Sponsor and Award Spark
Writing Contest

A prize of $500 and publication in Spark: A Creative Anthology is given quarterly for a poem, a short story, or a personal essay on a theme. The winner also receives a lifetime membership to...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/4/15
Sponsor and Award Colorado Review
Colorado Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Colorado State University employees, students, and alumni are ineligible. Laura...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/14/15
Sponsor and Award Virginia Commonwealth University
Cabell First Novelist Award
A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and the winner's editor and agent also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the First Novelist Festival...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/14/15
Sponsor and Award Asheville Poetry Review
William Matthews Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to read at Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina. Garrett...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/15/15
Sponsor and Award BkMk Press
Ciardi/Chandra Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 110 pages of poetry or 125 to 300 pages of...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/15/15
Sponsor and Award Ellen Meloy Fund
Desert Writers Award

A prize of $3,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer "whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Meloy's writing" to spend creative time in a desert...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/15/15
Sponsor and Award French-American Foundation
Translation Prizes

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. A...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/15/15
Sponsor and Award Jewish Currents
Raynes Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a single poem on the theme of "World to Come." The work of the winning poet and 36 finalists will also be published in...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/15/15
Sponsor and Award Literal Latté
K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two stories) by January 15, 2015. All...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/15/15
Sponsor and Award Ruth Hindman Foundation
H. E. Francis Short Story Competition

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee between December 15 and January 15, 2015. If submitting by mail, include two copies of the...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/15/15

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