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.

Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/17
Genre: Poetry

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 $25 entry fee by March 15. All entries...

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The Word Works

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Word Works is given annually to a U.S. or Canadian poet for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

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Washington College

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/17

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) working on a book relating to the literature,...

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Beyond Baroque Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 3/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Beyond Baroque Books will be given annually for a poetry collection by a poet living in the United States. The editors will judge. Submit a...

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Bellingham Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for...

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Fourth Genre

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 3/15/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Faith Adiele will judge. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to...

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Southampton Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/15/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southampton Review is given annually for a personal essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6,000...

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Prairie Schooner

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. An editorial board will...

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Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 3/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an unpublished poem. Eavan Boland will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March 15...

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Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $100
Application Deadline: 3/17/17

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that "foster peace,...

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Cave Canem Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/17/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a first book of poetry by a black poet of African descent. Vievee Francis will judge....

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Creative Nonfiction

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/20/17

A prize of $10,000 is given occasionally for an essay. Two $2,500 runner-up prizes will also be awarded. The winning essays will be published in Creative Nonfiction....

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Enizagam

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/24/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Enizagam are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Matthew Zapruder will judge in poetry and Esmé Weijun...

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Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $6
Application Deadline: 3/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Evansville Review is given annually for a poem written in a metrical form. The winner also receives a scholarship and honorarium...

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Banipal Trust for Arab Literature

Cash Prize: $3,720
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,720) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English and published for the first time in English...

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Four Way Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
Genre: Poetry, Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given biennially to a U.S. poet for a poetry collection. The winner will also be invited to participate in a reading in...

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Arts & Letters

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Richard Garcia will judge in...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/17

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a work of flash fiction. Previously published and unpublished stories are eligible. Submit up...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Kathryn Nuernberger will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48...

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Bosque Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in bosque is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt by a writer over the age of 40. Jesse Lee Kercheval will judge....

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,040
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,040) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at the West...

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Loft Literary Center

Cash Prize: $8,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/17

Up to five grants of $8,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one year....

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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center are given annually for poetry collections. The First Book Competition is open to poets...

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