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 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 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
Sponsor and Award Lambda Literary Foundation
Debut Literary Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for debut books of fiction by LGBT writers published in the current year. Submit four copies of a first novel or a short story collection (or bound galleys)...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/1/12
Sponsor and Award Publishing Triangle
Triangle Awards

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a first book of fiction by an LGBT author published in the United States or Canada during the current year. Two prizes of $1,000 each are also given for books of...

Entry Fee $35 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 12/6/12
Sponsor and Award Codhill Press
Poetry Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000, 50 author copies, and publication by Codhill Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Pauline Uchmanowicz will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 30 pages with a $25 entry fee...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/10/12
Sponsor and Award Munster Literature Center
Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize

A prize of 1,000 euros (approximately $1,290) and publication in Southword is given annually for a poem. The winner also receives some travel expenses, as well as lodging and meals, to give a...

Entry Fee $7 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,290 Prize includes Publication, Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 12/15/12