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 Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year....

Entry Fee $50 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 10/1/15
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 Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/15
Sponsor and Award Madison Review
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Madison Review are given annually for a group of three poems and a short story. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than 15...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/15
Sponsor and Award National Federation of State Poetry Societies
Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by National Federation of State Poetry Societies Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $25...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/15
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. Jennifer Egan will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a six-...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/15
Sponsor and Award Southern Indiana Review
Mary C. Mohr Award

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given in alternating years for a poem or a short story. The 2015 award will be given in fiction. ZZ Packer will judge. Submit a...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/1/15