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.

Aspen Words

Cash Prize: $35,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 8/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $35,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published in the current year that “illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power...

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Delaware Division of the Arts

Cash Prize: $6,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/18

Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and Emerging Artist Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Delaware poets, fiction writers, and creative...

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Gival Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/8/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Gival Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 5,000 to 15,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 8....

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University of New Orleans Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 8/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Orleans Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/15/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a work of flash fiction or creative nonfiction. Bryan Borland and Seth Pennington...

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Baton Rouge Area Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually to an emerging African American writer for a short story collection or novel published in the current year. The winner also receives travel...

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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/26/18

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “tells a story.” The winning work will also be published in the contest anthology, Stories...

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Aesthetica

Cash Prize: $1,290
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 8/31/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £1,000 (approximately $1,290) each and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual are given annually for a poem and a short story. The...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Black Lawrence Press is given annually for a debut collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the online...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 8/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 300 to...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 8/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or an essay collection by a queer writer. David Francis will judge....

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New Guard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/31/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in the New Guard are given annually for a poem and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to three...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $21
Application Deadline: 8/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also given. Using the online...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 8/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a work of short prose. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to...

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Sustainable Arts Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/31/18

Up to twenty awards of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one child under the age of...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 8/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of up to 1,000 words with a $5...

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Black Warrior Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/1/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Vanessa Angélica Villarreal will judge...

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Dogwood

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 9/5/18

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Dogwood are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10...

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Santa Fe Writers Project

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by 2040 Books, an imprint of the Santa Fe Writers Project, is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. Gish Jen will judge...

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