Upcoming Writing Contests

The following is a list of upcoming writing contests. Be sure to carefully review any contest before entering. Pay close attention to the terms, rights, fees, prize money, judges and rules. You can also view a list of just the poetry contests and a list of writing contests for kids. You can also view a list of all the contests here.

We also recommend reading Alex Keegan's article about increasing your chances of winning writing contests.

Omnidawn Single Poem Broadside Poetry Contest
The 2020 poetry contest is open to a wide range of styles. Poems should be between 8 and 24 lines in length.
Deadline: April 19, 2021
Prizes: $1,000 cash prize plus publication

The Iowa Poetry Prize
The prize is open to new and established poets for a book-length collection of poems. Manuscripts should be 50 to 150 pages in length.
Deadline: April 30, 2021
Prizes: Publication by University of Iowa Press under a standard royalty agreement

Fish Poetry Prize
The Fish Poetry Prize was established in 2006. Winning poems are published in the annual Fish Anthology.
Deadline: May 15, 2021
Prizes: 1,000 Euro 1st prize.

New American Fiction Prize
New American Press runs the contest which is awarded each year to a full-length ficiton manuscript. It can be a short story collection.
Deadline: June 15, 2021
Prizes: $1,500 advance

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
The Aura Estrada Short Story Contest is an annual contest run by the Boston Review.
Deadline: June 30, 2021
Prizes: $1000 and publication.

Rattle Poetry Prize
The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $15,000 for a single poem. Ten finalists receive $500 each. There is also a $5,000 Readers' Choice Award.
Deadline: July 15, 2021
Prizes: $15,000 top prize