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 Deadlinesort icon
Sponsor and Award American Short Fiction
Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the fall issue of American Short Fiction will be given annually for a short story. Amy Hempel will judge. Submit a story of 2,000 to 6,500 words with a $20...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/1/14
Sponsor and Award Sonora Review
Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sonora Review will be given annually for a short story or an excerpt of a longer work of fiction. Matt Bell will judge. Submit up to 1,000 words of fiction...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/1/14
Sponsor and Award Boston Review
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Major Jackson will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/2/14
Sponsor and Award Southern Indiana Review
Thomas A. Wihelmus Editors' Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Submit an essay of up to 35 pages with a $20 entry fee ($5 for each additional...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/2/14
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 Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 6/3/14
Sponsor and Award Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year....

Entry Fee $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 6/14/14