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: 1/24/19
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 the online submission system, submit up to five...

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Permafrost

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/28/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Alaska Press is given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. The 2019 prize will be given for a...

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New Millennium Writings

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

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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Crazyhorse

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Erika Meitner will judge in poetry, Rick Bass...

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Center for African American Poetry and Poetics

Cash Prize: $48,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A two-year fellowship, including an annual stipend of $48,000 and health benefits, at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) at the University of Pittsburgh...

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Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Autumn House Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection by a writer age 33 or younger. Stacey Waite will judge. Submit a...

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Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

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. The...

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White Pine Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 80 pages with a $20 entry fee by...

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Schaffner Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

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

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Hurston/Wright Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt by Black college students. The winners are awarded free tuition to a Hurston/Wright...

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Winter Anthology

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, or an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10...

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Iowa Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Kiki Petrosino will judge in...

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Balcones Center for Creative Writing

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 1/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three copies of...

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W. B. Yeats Society of New York

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/1/19
Genre: Poetry

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

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry...

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Stadler Center for Poetry

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/19

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

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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 2/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $4,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 80 pages of poetry (no...

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Passaic County Community College

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/19
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 and give a reading at...

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Passaic County Community College

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 2/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review is given annually for a poem. Submit four copies of up to five poems of no more than two pages each with...

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Colgate University

Cash Prize: $40,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/19

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $40,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to poets, fiction writers, or...

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Binghamton University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry...

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Main Street Rag

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/2/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,200, publication by Main Street Rag, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors and previous winners will judge. Submit...

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Southern Illinois University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/2/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published in the previous year. Each winner will also receive $500 to give a reading...

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Furious Flower Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/10/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Obsidian, the literary journal of Illinois State University, is given annually for a group of poems. Poets who have published no...

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Hippocrates Prize

Cash Prize: $1,300
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 2/14/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,300) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and on the website is given annually for a poem on a medical theme. A prize of £1,...

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