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 ABZ Press
First Book Prize

A prize of $1,000, publication by ABZ Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Gregory Orr will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 76 pages with a $30 entry fee...

Entry Fee $30 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 6/30/14
Sponsor and Award StoryQuarterly
Essay Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in StoryQuarterly will be given annually for an essay. Maggie Nelson will judge. Submit an essay of up to 6,250 words with a $15 entry fee by July 1. Visit the...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 7/1/14
Sponsor and Award Public Poetry
ARTlines2 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 will be given triennially for an ekphrastic poem inspired by a piece of art selected by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The winner and runners-up will be invited to a reading and...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication, Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 11/30/14
Sponsor and Award University of Evansville
Richard Wilbur Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Evansville Press is given biennially for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. Dick Davis will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 100 pages with a $25...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 12/1/14
Sponsor and Award Bethesda Literary Festival
Writing Contests

Two prizes of $500 each will be given annually for a short story and an essay. The winning short story and essay will be published in Bethesda Magazine. Residents of Maryland's Montgomery county...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/23/15
Sponsor and Award PRISM
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 Canadian (approximately $879) and publication in PRISM will be given annually for a poem. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $40 entry fee ($5 for each additional...

Entry Fee $40 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/23/15