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 New Guard
Poetry and Fiction Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Guard will be given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt. Tim Seibles will judge in poetry and Joe Wenderoth will judge in...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/14/14
Sponsor and Award New Letters
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit three to six poems or up to 8,000 words of prose with a $...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/18/14
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 Feesort icon $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/14
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 Feesort icon $15 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 7/1/14
Sponsor and Award String Poet
Poetry Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication in String Poet will be given annually for a poem. Composer Judith Shatin will also compose an original piece of music inspired by the winning poem, to be...

Entry Feesort icon $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/20/14
Sponsor and Award Winning Writers
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Arthur Powers will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a short...

Entry Feesort icon $16 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/14