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.

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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Anhinga Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to participate in a reading tour at...

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Oberlin College Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Oberlin College Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages...

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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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Southern Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit three to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry...

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Backwaters Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Backwaters Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Bob Hicok will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript...

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Southern Humanities Review

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Humanities Review is given annually for a poem of witness in honor of the late poet Jake Adam York. The winner also...

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Boston Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Mónica de la Torre will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no...

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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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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 6/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed...

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University of Akron Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Oliver de la Paz will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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American-Scandinavian Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/17

A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a work of poetry, fiction, or creative...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 6/15/17

Three prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States...

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Bitter Oleander Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee between May 1...

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Towson University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/17

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a current resident of Maryland who has lived in the state for at least three years...

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North Carolina Humanities Council

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/16/17

A prize of $1,500 and a weeklong residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina, is given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or...

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Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/20/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem that has not won a national competition. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages with a $15 entry fee by June...

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Mexico

Cash Prize: $150,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/22/17

A prize of $150,000 is given annually to honor a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who writes in Catalan, French, Galician, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian...

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Literary Arts

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/23/17

Fellowships of $3,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. One Women...

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Key West Literary Seminars

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Three prizes valued at $4,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and a novel-in-progress by writers who have not published a book with a major...

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University of Canberra

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $15,000 AUD (approximately $11,600) and publication in an e-book anthology is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $3,870)...

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Cider Press Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The editors will judge. Submit a...

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Los Angeles Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/30/17

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. t'ai freedom ford...

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Parlor Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Parlor Press in the Free Verse Editions series is given annually for a poetry collection. Marianne Boruch will judge. Using the online...

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Bauhan Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Jennifer Militello will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50...

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