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.

Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a woman. Lidia Yuknavitch will judge. Using the online submission...

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Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Cash Prize: $5,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/28/18

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500...

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Restless Books

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/28/18

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books is given in alternating years for a debut book of fiction or nonfiction by a first-generation immigrant. The 2018 prize...

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Alabama State Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using...

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Lake Forest College

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at...

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Mississippi Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

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

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Mad Creek Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Mad Creek Books, the trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a collection of short prose. Michelle Herman will...

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PEN Northwest

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

A seven-month residency from April to October, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer to live and...

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The Pinch

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Maggie Smith will judge in poetry, Carmen Maria...

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Washington College

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/18

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is given annually to a novelist or nonfiction writer working on a book relating to the literature, history, culture, or art...

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Southampton Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/15/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southampton Review is given annually for a personal essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 4,500...

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Bellingham Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for...

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Sonora Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/15/18

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. The 2018 contest theme is "...

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Hunger Mountain

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ephemeral Artery, Hunger Mountain's online publication, are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an...

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Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $100
Application Deadline: 3/16/18

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that "foster peace,...

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Fourth Genre

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/20/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $20...

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New South

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/21/18

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Safiya Sinclair will judge in poetry, and Alissa Nutting...

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Sozopol Seminars

Cash Prize: $1,600
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/28/18

Ten scholarships, valued at approximately $1,600 each, to attend the Sozopol Seminars in Sozopol, Bulgaria, are given in alternating years to five fiction or creative...

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CutBank

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/18

A prize of $1,000, publication by CutBank, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The editors will judge....

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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 3/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center is given annually for an essay collection. Brian Blanchfield will judge. Using the online...

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Arts & Letters

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Alfred Corn will judge in...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit...

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Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing

Cash Prize: $1,600
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/18

Two prizes valued at $1,600 each will be given annually to a poet and fiction writer to attend a weeklong seminar at the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Summer...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 3/31/18

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 longer work of fiction or...

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