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.

Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 1/24/22
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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WOMR/WFMR Community Radio

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/28/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than seven pages with a $15 entry fee by January 28....

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Passager Books

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Passager Books will be given annually for a first book of poems by a writer age 70 or older. David Keplinger will judge. Submit a...

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North Carolina Writers’ Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/30/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or a self-contained novel excerpt. Crystal Wilkinson will judge. Submit a work of prose of up to 3,000 words (two copies...

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Regal House Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Regal House Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by January 31...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 1/31/22
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The contest is open to traditional novels as well as “novels-in-...

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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/31/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Ghost Story website and in the 21st Century Ghost Stories anthology is given twice yearly for a flash fiction piece with a...

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Stanford Libraries

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 1/31/22

Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for books of fiction and nonfiction. The awards, cosponsored by the Stanford Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, are “...

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Poetry Northwest

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/22
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Poetry Northwest will be given annually for a single poem by an Indigenous poet. The winners will also receive an all-...

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New Millennium Writings

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/22

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a work of flash fiction, and a work of creative...

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Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/22

Grants of up to $1,500 each are given in alternating years to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. This year...

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AKO Caine Prize for African Writing

Cash Prize: $13,794
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of £10,000 (approximately $13,794) is given annually for a previously published short story by a writer of African descent. Shortlisted writers will receive £500 (...

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Masters Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by an emerging writer. The winning story will also be reviewed by a select...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,164
Entry Fee: $21
Application Deadline: 1/31/22

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,164) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short memoir. The winner is also invited to give a reading at...

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Iowa Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/22

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Using only the online submission system,...

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Crazyhorse

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/22

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Aimee Nezhukumatathil will judge in poetry, Venita...

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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/1/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 100 pages of poetry (no...

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Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet is expected to participate in an awards ceremony, give a reading, and...

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Salem State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 2/1/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East is given annually for a group of poems. Richard Hoffman will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit 8...

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Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/22

Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts at Bucknell University are given annually to fiction...

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WB Yeats Society of NY

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/1/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the WB Yeats Society of NY website is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to a ceremony in New York City in the...

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Slippery Elm

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/1/22

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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Kansas City Public Library

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/22
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $10,000 will be given in alternating years for a poetry collection or a novel by an author whose work “has demonstrated a commitment to social justice in America and...

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Ruminate

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/1/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $...

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Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 2/1/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review is given annually for a single poem. The winning poet will also be invited to give a reading at the Poetry...

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