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.

North Carolina Writers’ Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/30/23
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or a self-contained novel excerpt. Judy Goldman will judge. The winning work of fiction will also be considered for...

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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/31/23
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 work of flash fiction with a...

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Masters Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/23
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and online publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by an emerging writer. Writers who have not published a book or who...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,035
Entry Fee: $19
Application Deadline: 1/31/23

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,035) 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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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $8,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 1/31/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $8,500, publication by Tupelo Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives the option of either a weeklong...

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New Millennium Writings

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/23

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

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 1/31/23
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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Regal House Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/23
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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Iowa Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/23

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

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WOMR/WFMR Community Radio

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/31/23
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 31....

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Inlandia Institute

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/31/23

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Inlandia Books will be given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer who identifies as Hispanic, Latino/a/x, or...

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swamp pink

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/23

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in swamp pink are given annually for a single poem, a short story, and an essay. Matthew Olzmann will judge in poetry, Jamil...

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PEN America

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/23

Twelve fellowships of $1,500 each and participation in a virtual five-month mentorship program, which includes one-on-one mentorship with an established writer; introductions...

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Little Tokyo Historical Society

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/23
Genre: Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei and Little Tokyo Historical Society websites are given annually for short stories...

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Schaffner Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/23

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that “deals in...

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Slippery Elm

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/1/23

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

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WB Yeats Society of NY

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/1/23
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 also receives a two-year membership to the organization...

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American Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 2/1/23
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a work of flash fiction. Karen Russell will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/1/23
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 40 to 100 pages of poetry (no...

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Salem State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 2/1/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East is given annually for a group of poems. January Gill O’Neil will judge. Using only the online submission system,...

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Biographers International Organization

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/23
Genre: Fiction

Two prizes of $5,000 each will be given annually to writers “working on a biographical work about an African American figure (or figures) whose story provides a significant...

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Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year. The winning poet is expected to participate in an awards ceremony, give a reading,...

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Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/23

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 writers in...

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Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 2/1/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review is given annually for a single poem. A second prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary...

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The de Groot Foundation

Cash Prize: $7,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 2/12/23

Seven grants of $7,000 each will be given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with works-in-progress and “for whom a monetary boost...

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