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.

University of North Texas Press

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

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

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Engine Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Engine Books is given annually for a short story collection, a novella collection, or a novel. Maya Lang will judge. Using the online...

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Hidden River Arts

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

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction (and a synopsis if submitting a...

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University of Pittsburgh Press

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Writers who have published at least one previous book...

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The Moth

Cash Prize: $3,170
Entry Fee: $13
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,170) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of publication, a weeklong retreat at the...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $60
Application Deadline: 6/30/17

Three prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for self-published books of fiction, young adult fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners also receive publication of an...

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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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Autumn House Press

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

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
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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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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Bellevue Literary Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/1/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works about...

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Santa Fe Writers Project

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/7/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by 2040 Books, an imprint of the Santa Fe Writers Project, will be given annually for a short story or essay collection, a novel, or a memoir...

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Stone Canoe

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/8/17

Prizes of $500 each are given annually for works of poetry and creative nonfiction by writers who are current or past residents of upstate New York. Writers who have not...

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Cincinnati Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/17

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Cincinnati Review are given annually for a poem and a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Don Bogen will judge in...

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The Story Prize

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $20,000 is given annually to honor a short story collection written in English and published in the United States in the previous year. Two runners-up receive $5,000...

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Masters Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by a writer who has not published a novel (writers who have published story...

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Fairy Tale Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 7/15/17

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fairy Tale Review are given annually for a group of poems and a work of fiction or creative nonfiction influenced by fairy...

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Santa Fe Writers Project

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/20/17

A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Santa Fe Writers Project is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. Two runners-up also receive $1,000 each and...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 7/24/17
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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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/25/17

Three prizes are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer to honor their first published books. The winners are also invited to visit...

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Journal of Experimental Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction/Depth Charge Publishing is given annually for an innovative novel. Jønathan Lyons will judge....

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/17

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 work of fiction or creative...

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Munster Literature Centre

Cash Prize: $2,300
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,300) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The...

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New Millennium Writings

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/17

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal's website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/17

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...

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