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 Little Tokyo Historical Society
Short Story Contest

A prize of $500 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website is given annually for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. Submit a story...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/16
Sponsor and Award Caine Prize for African Writing
Caine Prize for African Writing

A prize of £10,000 (approximately $15,400) is given annually for a previously published short story by an African writer. Shortlisted candidates will receive £500 (approximately $770) and some travel...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $15,400 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 1/31/16
Sponsor and Award Virginia Commonwealth University
Levis Reading Prize
A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry published during the previous year. Students and faculty of the MFA...
Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $5,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/16
Sponsor and Award Passaic County Community College
Paterson Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet must participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading at the Poetry Center in Paterson, New...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/16
Sponsor and Award Memphis
Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Memphis magazine is given annually for a short story by a writer living within 150 miles of Memphis, Tennessee. Submit a story of 3,000 to 4,500 words with a...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/16
Sponsor and Award Southern Indiana Review
Michael Waters Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 80 pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page)...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $3,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 2/1/16