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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 Award Entry Fee Genre Cash Prizesort icon Prize includes Application Deadline
North American Review
James Hearst Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in North American Review is given annually for a poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication
Northern Colorado Writers
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Pooled Ink, the Northern Colorado Writers anthology, is given annually for a poem. Lisa Zimmerman will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 250...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication
Omnidawn Publishing
Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction. Kate Bernheimer will judge. Submit a manuscript of one or more stories...

$18 Fiction $1,000 Publication
Red Hen Press
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Los Angeles Review is given annually for a poem. William Trowbridge will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 120 lines each with a $20 entry fee by...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication
Silverfish Review Press
Gerald Cable Book Award

A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Dorianne Laux will judge. Poets who have not published a full-length...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication
Sixfold
Short Story and Poetry Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than...

$3 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication
Sow's Ear Poetry Review
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sow's Ear Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. John Brehm will judge. Submit up to five poems with a $27 entry fee, which includes a subscription to...

$27 Poetry $1,000 Publication
Tucson Festival of Books
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a group of five poems, a short story, and an essay, or an excerpt from a novel or memoir. Each winner will also be invited to take part in a panel...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Workshop
University of North Texas Press
Vassar Miller Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Morri Creech will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication
Washington Writers' Publishing House
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or a novel. Writers who live in Washington, D.C...

$25 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication
Winning Writers
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a poem in any style and a poem that either rhymes or is written in a traditional style. Ellaraine Lockie...

$16 Poetry $1,000 Publication
Comstock Review
Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies will be given biennially for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 25 to 34 pages with a $30...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication
Lascaux Review
Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Lascaux Review will be given annually for a poem. Submit up to five poems of any length with a $10 entry fee by September 23. Previously published poems...

$10 Poetry $1,000 Publication
Literal Latté
Essay Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a personal essay. Submit an essay of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($5 for each additional essay) by September...

$10 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication
Measure Press
Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry is given annually for a sonnet. R. S. Gwynn will judge. Submit a sonnet with a $3 entry fee by November 15. Send an SASE...

$3 Poetry $1,000 Publication
National Poetry Review Press
Rousseau Prize for Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press, in collaboration with Dream Horse Press, is given annually for a collection of poetry or flash fiction. Profits from entry fees are...

$30 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication
New Rivers Press
Many Voices Project Competition

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an emerging writer. The winning works are published by New Rivers Press and...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000
River Teeth
Literary Nonfiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Cheryl Strayed will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 400 pages with a $25...

$25 Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication
San Miguel Writers' Conference
Writing Contest

Three prizes valued at approximately $1,000 each will be given annually for a group of poems, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay or memoir excerpt. The prize includes full tuition, lodging, an...

$30 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Reading, Conference Registration
Southeast Missouri State University Press
Mighty River Short Story Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Big Muddy, a literary journal published by Southeast Missouri State University Press, will be given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 30...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication
Tupelo Press
Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $24 entry fee by October 31. Send an SASE or visit the website for...

$24 Poetry $1,000 Publication
Wild Leaf Press
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Wild Leaf Press Poetry Annual 2014 will be given biennially for a single poem. Baron Wormser will judge. Submit a poem of up to 120 lines with a $25...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication
Rubery Book Award
Short Story Competition

A prize of £600 (approximately $1,010) and publication in the Rubery Book Award anthology will be given annually for a short story. Gaynor Arnold will judge. Submit a story of up to 3,000 words with a $...

$13 Fiction $1,010 Publication
Cutthroat
Poetry and Fiction Awards

Two awards of $1,250 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Martn Espada will judge the Joy Harjo Poetry Award, and Bobbie Ann Mason will...

$17 Poetry, Fiction $1,250 Publication
Reed Magazine
Gabrielle Rico Creative Nonfiction Challenge

A prize of $1,333 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a...

$15 Creative Nonfiction $1,333 Publication
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