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 Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Award Nightboat Books
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Nightboat Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Kazim Ali will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $25 entry fee by November 15. All...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/15/14
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. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Sixfold
Short Story and Poetry Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than...

Entry Fee $3 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/24/14
Sponsor and Award Sow's Ear Poetry Review
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sow's Ear Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. John Brehm will judge. Submit up to five poems with a $27 entry fee, which includes a subscription to...

Entry Fee $27 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14
Sponsor and Award University of North Texas Press
Vassar Miller Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Morri Creech will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/14
Sponsor and Award Washington Writers' Publishing House
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or a novel. Writers who live in Washington, D.C...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/14

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