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 Coffee-House Poetry
Troubadour International Poetry Prize

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $7,750) is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,550) is also given. Both winners receive publication on the Coffee-House Poetry...

Entry Fee $8 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $7,750 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 10/19/15
Sponsor and Award Cutthroat
Writing Awards

Three prizes of $1,250 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Natalie Diaz will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award; Stuart Dybek...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,250 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/20/15
Sponsor and Award Sixfold
Short Story and Poetry Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than...

Entry Fee $5 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/24/15
Sponsor and Award Omnidawn Publishing
Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction. Brian Evenson will judge. Submit a manuscript of one or more stories...

Entry Fee $18 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/26/15
Sponsor and Award Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Career Development Grants

Grants of up to $3,000 are given twice yearly to allow Minnesota writers to take advantage of a specific arts opportunity. Poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are U.S. citizens...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 10/30/15
Sponsor and Award Finishing Line Press
Open Chapbook Competition
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner also receives a standard royalty contract for a Kindle edition of the winning chapbook. Submit a...
Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15