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 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
Sponsor and Award Poetry Society of America
Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Poetry Society of America is given annually to a manuscript-in-progress of poetry. Previously published work may be included. Submit a manuscript of up to 15...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/22/12
Sponsor and Award Moment
Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Moment is given annually for a short story with Jewish subject matter. All entries are considered for publication. Submit a story of up to 7,000 words with a...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/12
Sponsor and Award Dzanc Books
Short Story Collection Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Dzanc Books is given annually for a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $20 entry fee by December 31. Visit the website for complete...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/31/12
Sponsor and Award San José State University
Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing

A one-year residency at San José State University, which includes a stipend of $10,000, is given annually to a fiction writer or a creative nonfiction writer. The resident will give one public reading...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Reading, Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 1/2/13
Sponsor and Award Colorado Review
Colorado Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Stephen Burt will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee,...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/14/13

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