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.

Literal Latté

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two...

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University of Texas in Austin

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/15/19

Two residencies, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, at a rural retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, who have lived in Texas...

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PRISM

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $31
Application Deadline: 1/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 CAD (approximately $1,150) and publication in PRISM is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $40 CAD (...

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Moment Magazine–Karma Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/21/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a story that relates to Judaism or Jewish culture or history. The winning story will be considered for publication in Moment...

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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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North Carolina Writers’ Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story. The winning story will also be considered for publication in Thomas Wolfe Review. Jill McCorkle will judge....

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Chattahoochee Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a story...

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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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Little Tokyo Historical Society

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website is given annually for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district of...

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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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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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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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Black Lawrence Press

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

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Ohioana Library Association

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

A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an Ohio fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer age 30 or under who has not published a book. Writers born in Ohio or who have lived...

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Caine Prize for African Writing

Cash Prize: $13,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of £10,000 (approximately $13,000) is given annually for a previously published short story by an African writer. Shortlisted candidates will receive £500 (...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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American Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 2/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a piece of flash fiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to three...

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Chicago Tribune

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,500 is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 8,000 words by February 1. There is no entry fee. All entries...

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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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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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