Writing Contests, Festivals and Awards for Writers

Here’s NAIWE’s list of contests and festivals that offer a chance for you to have your  work reviewed and evaluated by qualified and skilled professionals and you also have 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

This list is in month order by deadline entry dates (mostly) and the last update was
March 25, 2016.

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 16th 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! The winning entries will be on display in the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.
Entry Deadline: Closed, the 17th Annual competition will open in June 2016

Discovery/Boston Review 2016 Poetry Contest
The Joan Leiman Jacobson Poetry Prizes

For over 60 years 92’s Discovery Contest has launched the careers of major poets like John Ashbery, Mark Strand, Lucille Clifton, Mary Jo Bang and Eduardo C. Corral, to name but a few.
Will you be next? Winners receive a reading at 92Y, publication in Boston Review and $500 each. Read selections by last year’s winners.

The deadline for receipt of manuscripts is 5 pm on Entry Deadline: Fri, Jan 25, 2016 Contests Continued