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.

Langum Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the previous year. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of a book (or galleys)...

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/21

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines...

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Waywiser Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $29
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by the Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous collection. The winner...

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Ohio University Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Ohio University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 95 pages with a $30 entry fee by December 1....

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Regal House Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Regal House Publishing will be given annually for a short story collection. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 350 pages...

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American Library Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous year that is set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven...

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Meadowlark Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Meadowlark Books, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry book. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at...

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Slipstream Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Slipstream Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 40 pages...

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Hawai’i Council for the Humanities

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 will be given biennially to a poet with a body of work that “pushes the boundaries of poetic craft” who also “contributes meaningfully to the literary...

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African Poetry Book Fund

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press in conjunction with Amalion Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection by an African poet. Writers...

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit...

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Five Points

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Five Points is given annually for a group of poems. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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Breakwater Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a story. Submit a story of 1,000 to 4,000 words with a $10 entry fee by December 1. All...

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Friends of American Writers

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/10/21

A prize of $2,500 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who...

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Commonwealth Club of California

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/15/21

Five prizes of $5,000 are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, a first book of fiction, a book of creative nonfiction, and a book of fiction or nonfiction...

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Nowhere

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere is given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, or an essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." Porter Fox will...

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Writer’s Digest

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and travel and lodging expenses for a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A second-place prize...

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Center for Book Arts

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive 10 copies of their chapbook and an...

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Story Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Story Magazine will be given annually for a short story. Submit a short story of no more than 10,000 words with a $25 entry fee by...

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Silverfish Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/21/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/23/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 10,000 words...

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/30/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of at least $3,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and two additional guest panelists (usually the winner's agent and...

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Codhill Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. James Sherwood will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70...

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Before Columbus Foundation

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/21

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s...

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Poetry Society of America website will be given annually for a group of poems from a manuscript-in-progress. Major Jackson will judge....

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