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 The Writer's Center
Emerging Writer Fellowships

Three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellows who live within a 250-mile radius of the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receive a $250...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $250 Prize includes Reading Application Deadline 5/30/14
Sponsor and Award Elixir Press
Fiction Award

A prize of $2,500, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given biennially for a short story collection or novel. Phong Nguyen will judge. Submit a manuscript of 120 to 500 pages with a $40...

Entry Fee $40 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/14
Sponsor and Award New England Poetry Club
Daniel Varoujan Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem in honor of Daniel Varoujan, an Armenian poet killed in the genocide in Turkey in 1915. Submit a poem with a $10 entry fee by May 31. Send an SASE, e-mail,...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 5/31/14
Sponsor and Award Oberlin College Press
FIELD Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Oberlin College Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee, which...

Entry Fee $28 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/14
Sponsor and Award River Styx
International Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a poem. Joan Murray will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 14 pages with a $10 entry fee, which includes...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/14
Sponsor and Award Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given quarterly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000....

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/14