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.

Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/15/21

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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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Publishing is given annually for a book-length work of nonfiction. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission...

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New Ohio Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/21

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit a poem or group of...

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University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a writer of Arab heritage. Series editors Hayan...

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Hub City Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hub City Press is given biennially for a poetry collection. U.S. poets who have published no more than one full-length poetry collection...

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Spoon River Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Spoon River Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner also receives a $500 honorarium and travel and lodging...

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Yemassee

Cash Prize: $1,250
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/15/21
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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Pen Parentis

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/17/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Dreamers Creative Writing Magazine is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $6,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/19/21

A prize of $6,000 is given annually for a book of poetry or a text from Zen Buddhism translated from an Asian language into English and published in the previous year....

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/19/21

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction translated from Italian into English and published in the previous year. Publishers or translators may...

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Whiting Foundation

Cash Prize: $40,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/19/21

Up to eight grants of $40,000 each are given annually for creative nonfiction works-in-progress to enable writers to complete their books. Creative nonfiction writers under...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 4/19/21

Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of prose translated from any language into English and published in the previous year. For the...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 4/23/21
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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F(r)iction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/29/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given twice yearly for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 1,000 to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by April 29. All...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/21

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Dennis Norris II will judge. Unpublished and...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in OmniVerse, the online journal of Omnidawn Publishing, is given annually for a single poem. The winner also receives 50 copies of a...

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University of Iowa Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20...

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Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Steve Healey will judge. Using only the...

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University of Mississippi

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel published during the previous year that is set in the South and reflects Willie Morris’s “hope for belonging, for belief in a...

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Inlandia Institute

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by the Inlandia Institute, and twenty author copies are given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. resident and a poetry collection...

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Marsh Hawk Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

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

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University of Mississippi

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 is given annually for a single poem that evokes the American South. The winner will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to Oxford, Mississippi, for the...

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University of Pittsburgh Press

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Tupelo Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Victoria Chang will judge. Submit a manuscript...

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Just Buffalo Literary Center

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $1,500 and a monthlong residency in Buffalo, New York, will be given annually to a poet. The fellowship includes lodging at a private...

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