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: 10/24/18
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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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given three times yearly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print...

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Cutthroat

Cash Prize: $1,300
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

Three prizes of $1,300 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Patricia Spears Jones will judge the Joy...

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Cloudbank Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Cloudbank Books is given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or a combination of the two. Christopher Buckley will judge....

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Indiana University Press is given in alternating years for a collection of poetry or a collection of short fiction. The 2019 prize will be...

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Tucson Festival of Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel discussion at the...

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PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the current year. Four finalists will each receive $5,000. The winner and finalists will also be...

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Briar Cliff Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three...

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, a novella, or a collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who...

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a novel, a short story collection, a novella, or a novella collection. U.S. writers who have...

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a novel, a short story collection, a novella, or...

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2 Elizabeths

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the 2 Elizabeths 2019 anthology will be given annually for a poem or short story that features themes of love and/or romance....

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Malahat Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 11/1/18

Three prizes of CAD $2,000 (approximately $1,500) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit...

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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a...

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Washington College

Cash Prize: $45,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/1/18

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is...

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Pleiades Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/18

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press is given annually for a collection of short stories, short short...

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/18

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been rejected by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes “worthy manuscripts that...

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The Story Prize

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $20,000 is given annually for a short story collection written in English and first published in the United States in the previous year. Two runners-up will receive...

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Washington Writers Publishing House

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers Publishing House, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or...

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Writer’s Digest

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
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. The winner will also...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/18/18

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of fiction or creative...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,400
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,400) and publication in the annual Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short story. The winner will also be invited to attend...

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Quarter After Eight

Cash Prize: $1,008
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/18

A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight is given annually for a prose poem, a short short story, or a micro-essay. Submit up to three pieces of no...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 11/30/18

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A second-...

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Dappled Things

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 and publication in Dappled Things will be given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story...

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