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 Foundation for Jewish Culture
Goldberg Prize for Outstanding Debut Fiction

A prize of $2,500, administered by the Jewish Book Council, will be given annually for a debut work of fiction by a U.S. writer published during the current year that explores Jewish themes. The winner...

Entry Fee $125 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 10/7/13
Sponsor and Award Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Louisiana Literature is given for a short story. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the 2014 New Orleans Literary Festival and to...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/15/13
Sponsor and Award Shenandoah
Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia poets

A prize of $500 and publication in Shenandoah is given annually for a single poem by a writer born or residing in Virginia. Submit up to three poems and a brief biographical statement confirming...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/15/13
Sponsor and Award Crab Orchard Review
Open Competition

Two prizes of $4,000 each and publication by Southern Illinois University Press are given annually for two poetry collections by U.S. poets. Each winner will also give a reading at Southern Illinois...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $4,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/18/13
Sponsor and Award Eco Arts Awards
Prize in Literature

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that addresses the theme of ecology. Alan Leslie Combs and David Vaux will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 11/18/13
Sponsor and Award Carolina Wren Press
Lee Smith Novel Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press will be given biennially for a novel by an author from, living in, or writing about the American South. The editors will judge. Using the online...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 11/30/13