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.

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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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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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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Black Warrior Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/1/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Rachel McKibbens will judge in poetry,...

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Slippery Elm

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 9/1/17

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to...

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Dogwood

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 9/5/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Dogwood are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10...

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Harvard University

Cash Prize: $77,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/14/17

Fellowships of $77,500 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and...

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/15/17

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Disquiet, an imprint of Dzanc Books, will be given annually for a novel, a memoir, a collection of short stories or essays, or a cross-...

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Hippocampus Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 9/15/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hippocampus Magazine is given annually for an essay. The winner will also receive free admission to the annual HippoCamp...

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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/16/17

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay "that tells a story." The winning work will also be published in the contest anthology, Stories...

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John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Cash Prize: $50,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/19/17

Fellowships of approximately $50,000 each are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise....

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Travelers' Tales

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/21/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the annual anthology The Best Travel Writing and on the Travelers Tales' website is given annually for a travel essay. Writers...

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American Academy in Berlin

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/29/17

Residential fellowships are given annually to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers to spend an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the...

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New York Public Library

Cash Prize: $70,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/29/17

Up to 15 fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at...

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Literal Latté

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 9/30/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a personal essay. Submit an essay of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($5 for...

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American Literary Review

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

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system...

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Kore Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 10/1/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Kore Press is given annually for a memoir or memoir-in-essays by a woman writer. Cheryl Strayed will judge. Using the online submission...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 10/1/17

Four prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, and biography or autobiography (...

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Missouri Review

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 10/2/17

Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or...

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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/2/17

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Southern Indiana Review are given annually for a poem, a work of fiction, and a work of creative nonfiction. Maggie...

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American Antiquarian Society

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/5/17

Up to three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for monthlong residencies at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) in...

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A Public Space

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/15/17

Three six-month fellowships of $1,000 each, publication in A Public Space, mentorship from an established author, and optional workspace in the journal's Brooklyn, New...

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Cutthroat

Cash Prize: $1,300
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/20/17

Three prizes of $1,300 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Cornelius Eady will judge the Joy Harjo...

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Cloudbank Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Cloudbank Books will be given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or short experimental work, including micro essays and...

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River Teeth

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 400 pages with a $25...

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