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.

Southwest Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a full-length book of fiction. Submit a...

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Leapfrog Press

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $33
Application Deadline: 5/1/17
Genre: Fiction, Fiction

A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or a novella. Jeffery Renard Allen and the editors will judge....

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Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society

Cash Prize: $7,500
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 5/1/17

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a novel. A prize of $2,000 for a book of nonfiction, and three prizes of $1,500 each for a short story, a novella, and a novel-in-...

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Sonora Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/1/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Anselm Berrigan will judge...

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Maine Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/4/17

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. Writers...

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Artist Trust

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

Grants of up to $1,500 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are residents of Washington State. Students enrolled in a degree-granting...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet that will be published in the forthcoming year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid...

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Carve Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Carve Magazine is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic...

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not...

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Del Sol Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500, publication by Del Sol Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first novel. Hallie Ephron will judge. Using the online submission system, submit...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction...

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St. Francis College

Cash Prize: $50,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially for a third, fourth, or fifth published book of fiction. Self-published books and English translations are eligible. Jeffery Renard Allen...

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Center for Documentary Studies

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $65
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $10,000 and publication in the Center for Documentary Studies's print and digital periodicals will be given annually for a documentary project that incorporates text...

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National Book Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $135
Application Deadline: 5/17/17

Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United...

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New Letters

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/18/17

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit three to six poems or up to 8,...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

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Crab Orchard

Cash Prize: $1,250
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 5/31/17

Three prizes of $1,250 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit...

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University of Georgia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of...

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Bridport Arts Centre

Cash Prize: $6,250
Entry Fee: $13
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $6,250) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. Two second-place prizes of £1,...

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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a short story collection. Peter Conners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 90 to 200 pages with a $25...

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Willow Springs Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Willow Springs Books is given annually for a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of three or more stories totaling at least 98...

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American Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 2,000 to 6,500 words with a $20 entry fee by June 1....

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Nowhere Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/1/17

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

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Writer's Digest

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/1/17

A prize of $5,000, publication in the 86th annual Writer's Digest Competition Collection, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in...

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Salamander

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Salamander is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 30 pages with a $15 entry fee by June 1. All entries are...

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