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 Winning Writers
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Arthur Powers will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a short...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14
Sponsor and Award Leapfrog Press
Fiction Award

A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or a novella. Mark Brazaitis and the editors will judge. Using the online submission system,...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,150 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/14
Sponsor and Award Wick Poetry Center
Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,500 and publication by Kent State University Press is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winner also gives a reading at Kent State University with the judge, who this year is...
Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 5/1/14
Sponsor and Award Ruminate Magazine
Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate Magazine is given annually for a poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to two poems of no more than 40 lines each with a $20 entry fee...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/14
Sponsor and Award Southwest Review
David Nathan Meyerson Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a book of fiction. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $25...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/14
Sponsor and Award Sonora Review
Nonfiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sonora Review will be given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Jenny Boully will judge. Submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $15 entry fee by...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/14