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 DIAGRAM
Innovative Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in DIAGRAM is given annually for an innovative short story. Ben Marcus will judge. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $15 entry fee by March 30. Send an...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/30/13
Sponsor and Award University of Utah Press
Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by University of Utah Press, and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading in the Guest Writers Series at the University of Utah is given annually for a poetry collection...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication, Reading Application Deadlinesort icon 3/31/13
Sponsor and Award Poetry Foundation
Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowships

Five fellowships of $15,000 each are given annually to emerging poets. Writers who are U.S. citizens between the ages of 21 and 31 as of March 31 are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $15,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 3/31/13
Sponsor and Award Shenandoah
Bevel Summers Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Shenandoah's online issue is given annually for a short short story. Submit two copies of up to three stories of no more than 1,000 words each with a $3...

Entry Fee $3 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/31/13
Sponsor and Award Carolina Wren Press
Poetry Series

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a first or second book of poetry. Using the online submissions system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $20...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadlinesort icon 3/31/13
Sponsor and Award Dayton Literary Peace Foundation
Literary Prizes

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a work of fiction and a work of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that “foster peace, social justice, and global...

Entry Fee $100 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $10,000 Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon 3/31/13