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.

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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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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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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Masters Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/17
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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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Press 53 is given annually for a poetry collection. Tom Lombardo will judge. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 120 pages with a $30 entry fee by...

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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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PEN Center USA

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 8/1/17

Seven-month fellowships, which include a stipend of $1,000 each, are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who lack access to...

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Malahat Review

Cash Prize: $780
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 8/1/17

A prize of $1,000 CAD (approximately $780) and publication in Malahat Review is given annually for an essay. Submit an essay of 2,000 to 3,000 words with a $40 entry...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/1/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or fiction or a work of short creative nonfiction. Donika Kelly will judge. Submit up...

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Aspen Words

Cash Prize: $35,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 8/1/17
Genre: Fiction

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

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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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Delaware Division of the Arts

Cash Prize: $6,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/17

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: 8/8/17
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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Ex Ophidia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Ex Ophidia Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. Richard-Gabriel Rummonds will judge. Submit a manuscript of 64 to 84 pages...

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Grayson Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Grayson Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Barbara Crooker will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

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University of New Orleans Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 8/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Orleans Press will be given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Abram Himelstein and a panel of University...

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Baton Rouge Area Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/15/17
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 will also receive...

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500, publication by Broadkill River Press, ten author copies, and two cases of Dogfish Head craft beer are given annually for a poetry collection written by a poet...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $21
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 is...

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Sustainable Arts Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 8/31/17

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 18...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
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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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 8/31/17

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. Ryka Aoki will judge....

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 8/31/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a piece of short prose. Roxane Gay will judge. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or...

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Utica College

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a resident of upstate New York. The winner will also give a reading and teach a...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given in alternating years for a group of poems or a prose excerpt translated from any language into English. The...

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