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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.

Sponsor and Awardsort icon Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Boston Review
Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a short story. Min Jin Lee will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a six-...

$20 Fiction $1,500 Publication 10/3/16
Briar Cliff Review
Writing Contests

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than six...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/16
Brick Road Poetry Press
Book Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Brick Road Poetry Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Keith Badowski and Ron Self will judge. Using the online submission system,...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/1/16
Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival
Brooklyn Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the borough's "rich soul and...

$0 Creative Nonfiction $500 Reading, Publication 11/15/16
California State University in Fresno
Philip Levine Prize for Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives $500 and lodging to give a reading at California State University...

$25 Poetry $2,000 Reading, Publication 9/30/16
Carlow University
Patricia Dobler Poetry Award

A prize valued at $2,000 is given annually to a woman poet over 40 who has not published a book in any genre. The winner receives $1,000; publication in Voices From the Attic, Carlow University'...

$20 Poetry $2,000 Reading 10/1/16
Cave Canem Foundation
Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize

A prize valued at approximately $2,500 will be given annually for a poetry chapbook by a black poet. The winner will receive $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books, and travel and lodging expenses to attend...

$12 Poetry $2,500 Reading 9/30/16
Coal Hill Review
Poetry Chapbook Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Coal Hill Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Gerry LaFemina will judge. Submit a manuscript of 12 to 20 pages with a $20 entry fee by November 1...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/1/16
Comstock Review
Poetry Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by the Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Michael A. Sickler will judge. Submit a manuscript of 25 to 34 pages with a $30...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/31/16
Copper Nickel
Jake Adam York Prize

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions will be given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Ross Gay will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48...

$25 Poetry $2,000 Publication 10/15/16
Crab Orchard Review
Special Issue Feature Awards

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "Weather Reports: All About the...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,000 Publication 10/1/16
Cutthroat
Writing Awards

Three prizes of $1,250 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Marilyn Nelson will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award; Michael...

$18 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,250 Publication 10/15/16
Dana Awards
Dana Awards

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a novel or novel-in-progress. Two additional prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Submit five poems of no more than 100...

$15 Poetry, Fiction $2,000 10/31/16
Dogwood
Literary Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Dogwood is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 22 pages of prose with a $...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/5/16
Drake University
Emerging Writer Award

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a first book published in the last three years. The prize is given in alternating years for a poetry collection, a short story collection, a novel, and a memoir;...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading 11/1/16
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