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 Awardsort icon Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Mark Twain House & Museum
Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a humorous short story or essay. Excerpts of the winning piece will be published on the Mark Twain House & Museum website. Ben Yagoda will judge. Submit a...

Entry Fee $22 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 7/10/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Mudfish
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,200 and publication in Mudfish is given annually for a poem. Edward Hirsch will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem) by...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,200 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/15/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Munster Literature Centre
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,180) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a...

Entry Fee $16 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,180 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/31/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Narrative
Spring Story Contest

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place...

Entry Fee $22 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/31/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Narrative
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem or group of poems. The poetry editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $...

Entry Fee $22 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/20/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon New Guard
Poetry and Fiction Contest

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Guard are given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt. Roger Bonair-Agard will judge the Knightville Poetry Contest; Adam Braver...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/20/15