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 Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Award Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge
Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that "illuminates the heritage of America's mid-continental prairies."...

Entry Fee $0 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 4/30/15
Sponsor and Award Breakwater Review
Peseroff Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review will be given annually for a single poem. Jill McDonough will judge. Submit three poems of any length with a $10 entry fee by May 15. Visit...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/15
Sponsor and Award Cleveland State University
Essay Collection Competition

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center will be given annually for an essay collection. Wayne Koestenbaum will judge. Using the online submission system, submit...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Lascaux Review
Flash Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a work of flash fiction. Previously published and unpublished stories are eligible. Submit a story of up to 1,000 words...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Press 53
Prime Number Magazine Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine will be given annually for a poem, a work of short fiction, and a work of creative nonfiction. Alan Michael Parker will judge...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 3/31/15
Sponsor and Award Sonora Review
Annual Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and a micro-essay. Rusty Morrison will judge in poetry, Stuart Dybek...

Entry Fee $15 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/15