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 Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Award Breakwater Review
Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review will be given annually for a story. Askold Melnyczuk will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $10 entry fee by May 15. All...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16
Sponsor and Award Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Poetry Book Competitions

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center are given annually for poetry collections. The First Book Competition is open to poets who have not published a...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/16
Sponsor and Award Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Essay Collection Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center is given annually for an essay collection. Chris Kraus will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/16
Sponsor and Award Los Angeles Review
Literary Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review will be given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Brynn Saito will judge in poetry, Tom...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/16
Sponsor and Award New Ohio Review
Literary Prizes

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Tony Hoagland will judge in poetry, Charles Johnson...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/15/16
Sponsor and Award Passaic County Community College
Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review will be given annually for a poem. Submit four copies of up to five poems of no more than two pages each with an $18 entry fee by...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/1/16