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 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
Sponsor and Award Literal Latté
K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. All entries are considered for publication. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/13
Sponsor and Award Posen Foundation
International Fellowship for Scholars and Writers

A two-year fellowship of $40,000 ($20,000 per year) will be given annually for a work-in-progress of fiction written in English or Hebrew. Writers who have not yet published a book are eligible. Submit...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $40,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/13
Sponsor and Award Literal Latte
K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Lattéis given for a short story. All entries are considered for publication. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/15/13
Sponsor and Award Ohio State University Press
Prize in Short Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Ohio State University Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages of short stories, novellas, or a combination...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/13
Sponsor and Award PEN American Center
PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction

A prize of $10,000 is given biennially for a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective. Submit three copies of a book published in 2011 or 2012...

Entry Fee $50 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/13