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.

DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $19
Application Deadline: 4/28/17

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or hybrid-genre work. Ander...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for an essay collection, memoir, or book of narrative nonfiction. Mark Doty will judge. Using the online...

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Redivider

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/17

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

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Arcadia

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/30/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arcadia are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/30/17

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Judy Juanita will judge. Using the online submission...

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Prairie Heritage, Inc.

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/17

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that "illuminates the heritage of America's...

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Sonora Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/1/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Anselm Berrigan will judge...

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Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society

Cash Prize: $7,500
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 5/1/17

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a novel. A prize of $2,000 for a book of nonfiction, and three prizes of $1,500 each for a short story, a novella, and a novel-in-...

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Maine Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/4/17

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. Writers...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet that will be published in the forthcoming year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid...

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not...

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Artist Trust

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

Grants of up to $1,500 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are residents of Washington State. Students enrolled in a degree-granting...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction...

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Zone 3 Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a memoir or essay collection. Janisse Ray will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages with a $...

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National Book Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $135
Application Deadline: 5/17/17

Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United...

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New Letters

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/18/17

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit three to six poems or up to 8,...

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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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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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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/1/17

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a chapbook-length story collection, novella, novel excerpt, or work of creative...

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Nowhere Magazine

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

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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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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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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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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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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