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 Poets & Writers, Inc.
Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to give a reading and meet with...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 1/9/17
Sponsor and Award Notting Hill Editions
Essay Prize

A prize of £20,000 (approximately $26,600) will be given biennially for an essay. Five runner-up prizes of £1,000 (approximately $1,330) will also be given. The winners will all be published in an...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $26,600 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/9/17
Sponsor and Award Virginia Commonwealth University
Cabell First Novelist Award

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and the winner's agent will also receive lodging and travel expenses to attend the First Novelist...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/14/17
Sponsor and Award Colorado Review
Colorado Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Susan Howe will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/14/17
Sponsor and Award BkMk Press
Ciardi/Chandra Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 110 pages of poetry or 125 to 300 pages of...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry, Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 1/15/17
Sponsor and Award Ellen Meloy Fund
Desert Writers Award

A prize of $3,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer "whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Ellen Meloy's writing" to spend creative time in a...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 1/15/17