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.

Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

read more

BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a short story collection. Peter Conners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 90 to 200 pages with a $25...

read more

Bridport Arts Centre

Cash Prize: $6,250
Entry Fee: $13
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $6,250) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. Two second-place prizes of £1,...

read more

Southern Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit three to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry...

read more

Anhinga Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to participate in a reading tour at...

read more

Backwaters Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Backwaters Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Bob Hicok will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript...

read more

Munster Literature Center

Cash Prize: $1,060
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,060) and publication by the Munster Literature Center is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 16 to 24 pages with a...

read more

Crab Orchard

Cash Prize: $1,250
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 5/31/17

Three prizes of $1,250 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit...

read more

Oberlin College Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Oberlin College Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages...

read more

University of Georgia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of...

read more

Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/1/17

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a chapbook-length story collection, novella, novel excerpt, or work of creative...

read more

American Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 2,000 to 6,500 words with a $20 entry fee by June 1....

read more

Willow Springs Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Willow Springs Books is given annually for a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of three or more stories totaling at least 98...

read more

Boston Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Mónica de la Torre will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no...

read more

Nowhere Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/1/17

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...

read more

Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 6/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed...

read more

Salamander

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Salamander is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 30 pages with a $15 entry fee by June 1. All entries are...

read more

Writer's Digest

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/1/17

A prize of $5,000, publication in the 86th annual Writer's Digest Competition Collection, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in...

read more

Southern Humanities Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Humanities Review is given annually for a poem of witness in honor of the late poet Jake Adam York. The winner also...

read more

Crook's Corner Book Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 6/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a debut novel set in the American South. The winner is also entitled to receive a free glass of wine every day for a year at Crook's...

read more

Philadelphia Stories

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Philadelphia Stories is given annually for a short story. The winner will also receive travel and lodging expenses to read at...

read more

University of Akron Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Oliver de la Paz will judge. Using the online submission system,...

read more

Towson University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/17

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a current resident of Maryland who has lived in the state for at least three years...

read more

American-Scandinavian Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/17

A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a work of poetry, fiction, or creative...

read more

New American Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by New American Press is given annually for a book of fiction. Lori Ostlund will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

read more

Pages