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.

Chautauqua

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $3
Application Deadline: 4/15/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Chautauqua, the Chautauqua Institution's literary journal, will be given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or a piece...

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New Ohio Review

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

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

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Press 53

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Terri Kirby Erickson will judge in poetry and Clint...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/16/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of poetry translated from an Asian language into English and published in the previous year. Translations of Zen Buddhist source...

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Cave Canem Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/16/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Northwestern University Press is given biennially for a second book of poetry by an African American poet. Matthew Shendoa will judge....

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/16/18

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction translated from Italian into English and published in the previous year. Publishers may submit a book...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 4/16/18

Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of prose translated from any language into English and published in the previous year. For the...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/16/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press is given annually for a book of poetry translated from any language into English. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages...

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Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing

Cash Prize: $1,600
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/21/18

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

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 4/23/18
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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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/23/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Bhanu Kapil will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 40...

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DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/27/18

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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Nimrod International Journal

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for works of poetry and short fiction. A runner-up in each category...

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Beloit Poetry Journal

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Beloit Poetry Journal is given annually for a poem. Naomi Shihab Nye will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to...

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Ashland Poetry Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ashland Poetry Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 64 to 96 pages with a $25 entry...

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Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also asked to serve as a part-time volunteer...

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Poetry Foundation

Cash Prize: $25,800
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/18
Genre: Poetry

Five fellowships of $25,800 each are given annually to U.S. poets between the ages of 21 and 31. Using the online submission system, submit 10 pages of poetry, a one-page...

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Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The winner is also asked to serve as a part-...

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University of Pittsburgh Press

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length poetry...

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Friends of Falun Gong

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication on the Friends of Falun Gong website is given annually for a poem that advocates for human rights in China. A panel of judges selected by the...

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University of Iowa Press

Cash Prize: $20
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/18
Genre: Poetry

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20 entry fee during the month of April. Visit...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 4/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages with a $28 entry fee by April...

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Marsh Hawk Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Jane Hirshfield will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84 pages with a $25...

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Finishing Line Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 4/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook by a woman who has not yet published a full-length collection. Leah Maines...

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Wick Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Kent State University Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. The winner is also invited to teach a weeklong graduate/...

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