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.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/14/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and the winner's agent will also receive lodging and travel expenses to...

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Literal Latté

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté  is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two...

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Breakwater Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a story. Joan Wickersham will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $10 entry...

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Moment Magazine–Karma Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Moment Magazine is given annually for a story that relates to Judaism or Jewish culture or history. The editors will judge. Using...

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Jewish Currents

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a poem on a theme. This year's theme is "Facts, Fakes, Fictions." The winning poem will...

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Permafrost

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Alaska Press is given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. The 2018 prize will be given for a...

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BkMk Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 110 pages of...

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University of Rochester

Cash Prize: $7,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the previous year by a woman who is a U.S. citizen. Publishers may submit four copies of a novel or...

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PRISM

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,150) and publication in PRISM is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $40 entry...

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University of Texas in Austin

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Two residencies, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, at a rural retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, who have lived in Texas...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Arts will be given annually for a novella. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 17,500 to 40,000 words with a $24...

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Masters Review

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

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by a writer who has not published a novel. Writers who have published story...

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French-American Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published...

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Third Coast

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

Two awards of $1,000 each and publication in Third Coast are given annually for a poem and a short story. Sarah Kay will judge the Third Coast Poetry Prize and...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 1/24/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five...

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North Carolina Writers' Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story. The winning story will also be considered for publication in Thomas Wolfe Review. Sarah Addison Allen will judge...

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Writers at Work

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

Three prizes of publication in Quarterly West are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay or memoir excerpt. The winners also...

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Iowa Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Elizabeth Willis will judge in...

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Winter Anthology

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, or an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10...

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Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Grants of $1,500 each are given annually to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants...

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Balcones Center for Creative Writing

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three copies of...

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Caine Prize for African Writing

Cash Prize: $13,210
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of £10,000 (approximately $13,210) is given annually for a previously published short story by an African writer. Shortlisted candidates will receive £500 (...

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Ohioana Library Association

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an Ohio fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer age 30 or under who has not published a book. Writers born in Ohio or who have lived...

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Chattahoochee Review

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a story...

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Schaffner Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that "deals...

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