Writing Contests, Festivals and Awards for Writers

Just for you, we’ve put together a list of contests and festivals that offer a chance for you to have your work reviewed and evaluated by qualified and skilled professionals. These opportunities also give you a chance to win recognition and prizes. The list is in order by deadline dates and will be updated and more events added as information becomes available. If you have an event you would like to see added please let us know. editor@naiwe.com

Updated for 2018 Contests & Awards

Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition

We’re looking for short fiction stories! Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Enter the 19th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
Entry Deadline: Nov. 15, 2018

Discovery/Boston Review 2018 Poetry Contest
The Joan Leiman Jacobson Poetry Prizes

For over 60 years 92Y’s Discovery Contest has launched the careers of major poets like John Ashbery, Lucille Clifton, Mark Strand, Mary Jo Bang and Solmaz Sharif, to name a few. Will you be next?

Four winners receive a reading at 92Y, publication in The Paris Review Daily, a two-night residency at the ACE Hotel, and $500 each.

Read selections by last year’s winners

Entry Deadline:  January 11, 2019 Contests Continued