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.

Alabama State Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/21

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Submit...

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Biographers International Organization

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/21

A prize of $2,000 will be given annually for a work-in-progress by a writer who has not published a biography. The winner will also receive review of their manuscript by an...

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Broadside Lotus Press

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript of 60 to 90...

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Hunger Mountain

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/1/21

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Hunger Mountain website are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems or a...

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University of Wisconsin

Cash Prize: $39,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 3/1/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of at least $39,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to at least five writers working on a...

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Mississippi Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/21

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in...

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Selected Shorts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/5/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City’s Gotham Writers Workshop is given annually for a short story. The winning work will be...

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Persea Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/7/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published at least one book of poetry. Using only the online...

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Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $100
Application Deadline: 3/8/21

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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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/8/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication in TulipTree Review is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that tells a story with female main characters who are “...

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Colorado Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 3/14/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. T. Geronimo Johnson will judge. Submit a story between 2,500 and 12,500 words...

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James Jones Literary Society

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $33
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. Two runners-up will each receive $1,000. Using only the online...

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Washington College

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/21

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is given annually to a novelist or nonfiction writer working on a book relating to the literature, history, culture, or art...

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The Word Works

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
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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National Poetry Series

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Poetry

Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. The 2021 publishers are...

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Fourth Genre

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Xu Xi will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Publishing is given annually for a debut novel or story collection by a woman age 40 or older. Using only the online...

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Yemassee

Cash Prize: $1,250
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,250 and publication by Yemassee is given annually for a poetry chapbook and a fiction chapbook. Dustin Pearson will judge in poetry and Mira T. Lee...

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Bellingham Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/21

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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Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Poetry

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

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Livingston Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Livingston Press, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first collection of short stories by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of...

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Prairie Schooner

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
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. Kwame Dawes will judge....

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Airlie Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Airlie Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Verse

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication by Factory Hollow Press is given annually for a poetry chapnbook. The winner will also receive a monthlong residency in summer 2022 in a private...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/31/21

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Stacy R. Nigliazzo will judge in poetry and Dennis...

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