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 Pushcart Press
Editors’ Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or creative nonfiction manuscript that has been submitted to but not accepted by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes “worthy manuscripts...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 11/15/12
Sponsor and Award Writer’s Digest
Short Short Story Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City for the annual Writer’s Digest Conference is given annually for a short short story. A second-place prize of $1,500 is also awarded. Both...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 11/15/12
Sponsor and Award Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Career Development Grants

Grants of up to $2,500 are given three times a year to allow Minnesota writers to take advantage of a specific arts opportunity. Poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are U.S....

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 11/16/12
Sponsor and Award Kore Press
Short Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Kore Press is given annually for a short story by a female-identified writer. The winning story is published as a chapbook. Using the online submission system, submit...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/30/12
Sponsor and Award University of Evansville
Richard Wilbur Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Evansville Press is given biennially for a book of poetry by a U.S. poet. Dana Gioia will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 100 pages with a $25 entry...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/1/12
Sponsor and Award Hill-Stead Museum
Sunken Garden Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hill-Stead Museum is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at Hill-Stead in...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication, Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 12/1/12