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
Sports Fiction and Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a story and an essay on the theme of sports. Ellen LaFleche and Jendi Reiter will judge. Submit up to 6,000...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/14
Sponsor and Award American-Scandinavian Foundation
Translation Prizes
A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, or Swedish work of poetry, fiction,...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/14
Sponsor and Award Philadelphia Stories
Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Philadelphia Stories is given annually for a short story. Writers currently living in the United States are eligible. Julianna Baggott will judge. Using the...

Entry Fee $12 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/14
Sponsor and Award American Short Fiction
Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the fall issue of American Short Fiction will be given annually for a short story. Amy Hempel will judge. Submit a story of 2,000 to 6,500 words with a $20...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/14
Sponsor and Award Sonora Review
Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sonora Review will be given annually for a short story or an excerpt of a longer work of fiction. Matt Bell will judge. Submit up to 1,000 words of fiction...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/14
Sponsor and Award Writer's Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in New York City to meet with editors and agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay....

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 6/3/14