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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.

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Writer’s Digest
Short Short Story Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City for the annual Writer’s Digest Conference is given annually for a short short story. A second-place prize of $1,500 is also awarded. Both...

$20 Fiction $3,000 11/15/12
Winning Writers
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest

A prize of $3,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a short story or an essay. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also awarded. John Howard Reid and Dee Konrad will...

$16 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 Publication 4/30/13
Winning Writers
Sports Fiction & Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a story and an essay on the theme of sports. Jendi Reiter will judge. Submit up to 6,000 words of prose...

$15 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/31/13
Writer’s Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with editors and agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay. Prizes of $1,000 each are also given for a work...

$32 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 Travel 6/3/13
Willow Books
Literature Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books will be given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to give a reading...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading, Publication 11/1/13
Writer's Digest
Short Short Story Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2014 Writer's Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A second-place prize of $1,500 is also awarded. Both...

$20 Fiction $3,000 11/15/13
White Pine Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 80 pages with a $20 entry fee by November 30. Send an SASE...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/30/13
Waywiser Press
Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one book of poems. The winner is also invited to give a reading at...

$25 Poetry $3,000 Reading, Publication 12/1/13
Writers & Books
Gell Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Big Pencil Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Gell Center of the Finger Lakes in Bristol Valley,...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 1/31/14
Writers at Work
Fellowship Competition

A prize of $1,000, publication in Quarterly West, and tuition to attend the Writers at Work Conference in Alta, Utah, in June is given annually for a group of poems, a short story or a novel...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/14
Winter Anthology
Writing Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems or a poetry collection, a single story or essay, or a full-length novel, novella, or collection...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 1/31/14
Wag's Revue
Winter Writers' Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Wag's Revue is given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, or an essay. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 2/28/14
Washington College
Hodson-Brown Fellowship

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) working on a book relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $20,000 3/15/14
White Pine Press
Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press will be given annually for a book of poetry translated into English. Submit a manuscript of 80 to 140 pages with a $25 entry fee by March 31. Send an...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 3/31/14
Winning Writers
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a humor poem. Jendi Reiter will judge. Using the online submission system, submit one poem of any length by April 1...

$0 Poetry $1,000 Publication 4/1/14
Writecorner Press
E. M. Koeppel Short Fiction Award

A prize of $1,100 and publication on the Writecorner Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($10 for each additional story) by April...

$15 Fiction $1,100 Publication 4/30/14
Winning Writers
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 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...

$16 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 4/30/14
Wick Poetry Center
Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
A prize of $2,500 and publication by Kent State University Press is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winner also gives a reading at Kent State University with the judge, who this year is...
$28 Poetry $2,500 Reading, Publication 5/1/14
Winning Writers
Sports Fiction and Essay Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a story and an essay on the theme of sports. Ellen LaFleche and Jendi Reiter will judge. Submit up to 6,000...

$16 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 5/31/14
Writer's Digest
Annual Writing Competition

A prize of $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in New York City to meet with editors and agents is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay....

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $3,000 6/3/14
Writers' Village
International Short Fiction Competition

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $4,990) and publication on the Writers Village website will be given twice yearly for a short story. Lawrence Block, Jill Dawson, and John Yeoman will judge. Using the...

$25 Fiction $4,990 Publication 6/30/14
Wag's Revue
Summer Writers' Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Wag's Revue is given twice yearly for a poem or group of poems, a short story, or an essay. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system,...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 8/31/14

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