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 Feesort icon Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Award Briar Cliff Review
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than six...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/16
Sponsor and Award Zoetrope: All-Story
Short Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope: All-Story website is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists are considered for representation by several literary agencies,...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/3/16
Sponsor and Award Boston Review
Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a short story. Min Jin Lee will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a six-...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/3/16
Sponsor and Award Southern Indiana Review
Mary C. Mohr Award

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Southern Indiana Review are given annually for a poem and a work of fiction. Jericho Brown will judge in poetry, and Adam Johnson will judge in...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/3/16
Sponsor and Award Indiana Review
Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Indiana...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/7/16
Sponsor and Award North American Review
James Hearst Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in North American Review is given annually for a poem. Major Jackson will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $20 entry...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/16