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 Deadlinesort icon
Sponsor and Award Persea Books
Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published at least one book of poetry. The winner also receives a residency of two to...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication, Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 3/1/13
Sponsor and Award Booktrust
BBC National Short Story Award

A prize of £15,000 (approximately $19,790) is given annually for a short story by an author with a prior record of publication in the U.K. A second-place prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,957) is also...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $19,790 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/11/13
Sponsor and Award Munster Literature Centre
Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

A prize of 25,000 euros (approximately $33,400) is given annually for a published short story collection. The winner also will give a reading at the Cork International Short Story Festival in September....

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $33,400 Prize includes Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 3/12/13
Sponsor and Award Milton Center
Postgraduate Fellowship

A nine-month fellowship, including a $16,000 stipend, is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. Writers who are U.S. citizens and have...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $16,000 Prize includes Residency Application Deadlinesort icon 3/15/13
Sponsor and Award Center for Fiction
Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a first novel published in the United States during the current year. Finalists receive $1,000 each. Publishers may submit eight copies of a novel published in 2013...
Entry Fee $50 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 3/15/13
Sponsor and Award Campbell Corner
Poetry Contest

A prize of $3,000 and publication on the Campbell Corner website is given annually for a group of poems that "treat larger transpersonal themes with lyric intensity." The winning writer is also invited...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/15/13

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