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.

Narrative

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/19/17

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of fiction or creative...

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Literary Death Match

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/21/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication will be given annually for a short short story. The winning story will be published on Literary Death Match bookmarks and distributed to...

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César Egido Serrano Foundation

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/23/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $20,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend an award ceremony in Madrid, Spain, will be given annually for a work of flash fiction written in English, Spanish,...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,400
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,400) and publication in the annual Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short story. The winner will also receive a five-day...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/17

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 prose. A second-...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists will also be published in the 2018 Lascaux Prize...

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Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Louisiana Literature is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a full-length book of fiction. The...

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Quarter After Eight

Cash Prize: $1,008
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/17

A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight is given annually for a prose poem, a short short story, or a micro-essay. Stuart Dybek will judge. Submit...

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Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 12/1/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Fellowships for a seven-month residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, are given annually to four poets and four fiction writers who have not...

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American Library Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous year that is set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven...

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/17

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines...

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Stanford University

Cash Prize: $26,000
Entry Fee: $85
Application Deadline: 12/1/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Ten two-year fellowships, five in poetry and five in fiction, are given annually to allow emerging writers to develop their craft in workshops with senior faculty members at...

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Langum Charitable Trust

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the previous year. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of a book (or galleys)...

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New Rivers Press

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by New Rivers Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an emerging writer....

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Morehead State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/4/17

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by an Appalachian writer. Authors and publishers may submit four copies of a book of...

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National Endowment for the Arts

Cash Prize: $12,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/5/17

Grants of $12,500 and $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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