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 Boston Review
Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a short story. Min Jin Lee will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a six-...

Entry Fee $20 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/3/16
Sponsor and Award Narrative
30 Below Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30...

Entry Fee $24 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/9/16
Sponsor and Award University of Louisville
Calvino Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Salt Hill Journal is given annually for a work of fiction written in the fabulist experimental style of Italo Calvino. The winner will also receive airfare...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 10/14/16
Sponsor and Award Winning Writers
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a poem in any style and a poem that either rhymes or is written in a traditional style. Soma Mei Sheng...

Entry Fee $10 Genre Poetry Cash Prizesort icon $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 9/30/16
Sponsor and Award Fiction Collective Two
Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a short story collection, novella, novella collection, or novel. U.S. writers who have not previously published a book...

Entry Fee $25 Genre Fiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/16
Sponsor and Award Malahat Review
Open Season Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,160) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Sina Queyras will judge in...

Entry Fee $40 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prizesort icon $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 11/1/16