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.

Slope Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Slope Editions is given annually for a poetry collection. Ocean Vuong will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 90 pages with a $22 entry...

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Cave Canem Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/16/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Graywolf Press is given annually for a first book of poetry by a black poet of African descent. Chris Abani will judge. Using the online...

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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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Enizagam

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/23/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Enizagam are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Jesse Nathan will judge in poetry, and Rachel Khong...

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Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $6
Application Deadline: 3/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem written in metrical verse. The winner also receives a scholarship and honorarium to give a reading at the Frost Farm Poetry...

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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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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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Four Way Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given annually to a U.S. poet for a poetry collection. The winner will also be invited to participate in a reading in New...

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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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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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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the...

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Banipal Trust for Arab Literature

Cash Prize: $4,020
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $4,020) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English and published for the first time in English...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,180
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 3/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,180) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a poem. The winner and 10 runners-up are also invited to give a...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Jennifer Franklin will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48...

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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center are given annually for poetry collections. The First Book Competition is open to poets...

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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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Orison Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/1/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by Orison Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. Vandana Khanna will judge in poetry, and Lan...

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Zone 3 Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a debut poetry collection. Jennifer Givhan will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a humorous poem. Jendi Reiter will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. Victoria Chang will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($3...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 4/1/18

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10...

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100...

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Saturnalia Books

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

A prize of $1,500, publication by Saturnalia Books, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Natalie Diaz will judge. Using the online submission system...

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Oberon

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/10/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Oberon is given annually for a poem. Submit up to three poems with an $18 entry fee, which includes an issue of Oberon,...

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Spoon River Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Spoon River Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit two copies of up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages with...

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