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 Tucson Festival of Books
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of five poems, a short story, and an essay, or an excerpt from a novel or memoir. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Workshop Application Deadline 10/31/15
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. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/31/15
Sponsor and Award Washington Writers' Publishing House
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

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

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/15
Sponsor and Award Gulf Coast
Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a piece of short prose. Steve Almond will judge. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to...

Entry Fee $17 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 8/31/15
Sponsor and Award phren-Z
Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest

Sponsored in collaboration with Santa Cruz Writes, a prize of $1,000 and publication in phren-Z is given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the sixth...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Reading, Publication Application Deadline 9/1/15
Sponsor and Award Lascaux Review
Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a poem. Submit up to five poems of any length with a $10 entry fee by September 30. Previously published poems are...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15