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.

Friends of American Writers

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/10/17

A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who...

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University of Iowa Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/10/17

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for an essay collection. Submit a manuscript of 40,000 to 90,000 words with a $10 entry fee by December 10. Visit the...

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Nowhere Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/17

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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LitMag

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,500 and publication in LitMag will be given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 will also be given. The winners will also have...

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Chautauqua Institution

Cash Prize: $7,500
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 12/15/17

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year. The winner also receives a weeklong all-expenses-paid...

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Willow Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/17

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by writers of color. Using the...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 12/15/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Hidden River Review will be given annually for a group of poems, a short short story, and a piece of nonfiction. Submit...

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Center for Book Arts

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive an additional $500 to give a...

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Public Poetry

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication on the Public Poetry website, and an invitation to give a reading in Houston, Texas, is given annually for a poem on a theme. This year's theme...

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December

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in December is given annually for a group of poems. Luis J. Rodriguez will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20...

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Gival Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Gival Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 45 pages with a $20 entry fee by...

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String Poet

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 12/20/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in String Poet is given annually for a poem. The winner also receives an original music composition by a professional composer...

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Codhill Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/20/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Pauline Uchmanowicz will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70...

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Quercus Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/22/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Quercus Review Press, and 15 author copies is given twice yearly for a poetry collection. Sam Pierstorff will judge the Fall Poetry Book Award...

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/22/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication of a poem on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Submit two...

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 12/22/17
Genre: Poetry

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Poetry Society of America are given annually for poetry chapbooks by poets who have not published a full-length collection....

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Commonwealth Club of California

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/22/17

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/29/17

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/30/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Florida Review is given annually for a chapbook of flash fiction or nonfiction, short stories, essays, or graphic narrative....

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New Issues Poetry & Prose

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winner will also receive an honorarium of $500 and...

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Tampa Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of 500 to 5,000 words with a $20 entry...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Massachusetts Museum of...

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Three Percent

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two awards of $10,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or novel translated into English for the first time and published in the...

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Tampa Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by University of Tampa Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28...

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Before Columbus Foundation

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/17

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s...

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