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 Feesort icon Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Sponsor and Award Nowhere Magazine
Travel Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." Porter Fox will judge. Unpublished and...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/1/16
Sponsor and Award Los Angeles Review
Literary Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review will be given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Brynn Saito will judge in poetry, Tom...

Entry Feesort icon $20 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/1/16
Sponsor and Award Writers' Village
International Short Fiction Competition

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,430) and publication on the Writers’ Village website is given twice yearly for a short story. John Yeoman will judge. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words via e-mail...

Entry Feesort icon $21 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,430 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/31/16
Sponsor and Award New American Press
New American Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by New American Press is given annually for a book of fiction. Gina Frangello will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a collection of short stories or...

Entry Feesort icon $22 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 6/15/16
Sponsor and Award Mark Twain House & Museum
Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a humorous short story or essay. Excerpts of the winning piece will be published on the Mark Twain House & Museum website. Using the online submission system,...

Entry Feesort icon $23 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Application Deadline 7/10/16
Sponsor and Award Ploughshares
Emerging Writer's Contest

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published or self-published a book...

Entry Feesort icon $24 Genre Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 5/15/16