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 Glimmer Train Press
Very Short Fiction Award

A prize of $2,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a very short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 3,000...

Entry Feesort icon $16 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Award Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given three times a year for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,...
Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Fiction Cash Prize $2,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 2/29/16
Sponsor and Award Oberon
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Oberon is given annually for a poem. Mark Wagenaar will judge. Submit up to three poems with an $18 entry fee, which includes an issue of Oberon, by...

Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/2/16
Sponsor and Award Omnidawn Publishing
Poetry Chapbook Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Hoa Nguyen will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 40 pages with an $18 entry fee by...

Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/18/16
Sponsor and Award Winning Writers
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Arthur Powers will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a short...

Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Cash Prize $1,500 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/30/16
Sponsor and Award Passaic County Community College
Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review will be given annually for a poem. Submit four copies of up to five poems of no more than two pages each with an $18 entry fee by...

Entry Feesort icon $18 Genre Poetry Cash Prize $1,000 Prize includes Publication Application Deadline 4/1/16