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 Boston Review
Poetry Contest

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

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Boulevard
Emerging Poets Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed press. The editors will...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Salamander
Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Salamander is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 30 pages with a $15 entry fee by June 1. Send an SASE or visit the website for...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Iowa Review
Jeff Sharlet Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Iowa Review is given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a U.S. military veteran or an active duty service member. A second-...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award American Short Fiction
Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the winter issue of American Short Fiction is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 2,000 to 6,500 words with a $20 entry fee by June 1. All...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Writer's Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in New York City to meet one-on-one with four agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay....

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/1/16