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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 Prize Prize includes Application Deadlinesort icon
PEN New England
PEN/Hemingway Award

A prize of $20,000 is given annually for a debut novel or short story collection published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives a residency fellowship at the Ucross...

$50 Fiction $20,000 12/1/15
Book Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Alaska Press will be given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. The 2016 prize will be given for a book of nonfiction;...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 12/1/15
Poetry International
C. P. Cavafy Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($3 for each additional poem) by...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/23/15
Creative Nonfiction Contest

A prize of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,125) and publication in PRISM is given annually for an essay. Submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $40 entry fee by November 20. All entries...

$40 Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/20/15
Perugia Press
Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a woman. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 85 pages with a $26 entry fee by November 15. Send an...
$26 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/15
Pushcart Press
Editors' Book Award

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been submitted to but not accepted by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes "worthy manuscripts that have...

$0 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 11/15/15
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