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 ABZ Press
First Book Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by ABZ Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Gregory Orr will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 76 pages with a $30 entry fee...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/14
Sponsor and Award Barrow Street Press
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Denise Duhamel will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28 for...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/14
Sponsor and Award Hunger Mountain
Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hunger Mountain is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by June 30. Visit the website for complete...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/14
Sponsor and Award Omnidawn Publishing
First/Second Book Prize

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Timothy Donnelly will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages...

Entry Fee $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/14
Sponsor and Award Northern Colorado Writers
Creative Nonfiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Northern Colorado Writers anthology Pooled Ink is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Laura Pritchett will judge. Submit an essay or...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/14
Sponsor and Award Parlor Press
New Measure Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Parlor Press in the Free Verse Editions series is given annually for a poetry collection. Jon Thompson will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/30/14