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 Awardsort icon Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Hit & Run Press
William Dickey Memorial Broadside Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication as a broadside by Hit & Run Press will be given annually for a poem. Forrest Gander will judge. Submit a poem between 12 to 30 lines with a $10 entry fee by November...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/15/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Hunger Mountain
Creative Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Hunger Mountain website is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Submit an essay of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by September 10....

Entry Fee $20 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/10/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Indiana Review
Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a short story. Laura van den Berg will judge. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/15/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Writing Fellowships

Fellowships of approximately $50,000 each are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise. Residents of the United...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $50,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 9/18/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon Key West Literary Seminar
Emerging Writer Awards

Three prizes valued at $4,000 each will be given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have not published a book with a major publisher. The winners will each...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $4,000 Prize includes Workshop Application Deadline 9/30/15
Sponsor and Awardsort icon 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 Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/15