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.

Cutthroat

Cash Prize: $1,300
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/20/17

Three prizes of $1,300 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Cornelius Eady will judge the Joy Harjo...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 10/23/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction. Lily Hoang will judge. Submit a manuscript of one...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 10/24/17
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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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

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PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the current year. Four finalists will each receive $5,000. The winner and finalists will also be...

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Cloudbank Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Cloudbank Books will be given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or short experimental work, including micro essays and...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given three times yearly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print...

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Tucson Festival of Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel discussion at the...

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American-Scandinavian Foundation

Cash Prize: $23,000
Entry Fee: $60
Application Deadline: 11/1/17

Fellowships of up to $23,000 and grants of up to $5,000 are given annually to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators for study and research in...

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Whitefish Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Whitefish Review is given annually for a short story. Rick Bass will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of...

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Briar Cliff Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three...

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Fiction Collective Two

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

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a short story collection, novella, novella collection, or novel. U.S. writers who have not...

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, a novella, or a collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who...

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Madison Review

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Madison Review are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The editors will judge. Submit three poems...

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Malahat Review

Cash Prize: $1,600
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 11/1/17

Three prizes of $2,000 Canadian (approximately $1,600) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay....

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a novel, short story collection, novella, or...

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Reed Magazine

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a...

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/17

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been rejected by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes “worthy manuscripts that...

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The Story Prize

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $20,000 is given annually for a short story collection written in English and first published in the United States in the previous year. Two runners-up will receive...

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Writer's Digest

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000, publication in Writer's Digest, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short...

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Mid-American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mid-American Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems for the James Wright Poetry...

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Washington Writers Publishing House

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers Publishing House, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or...

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PEN Center USA

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 11/15/17

Prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation published in the previous year by authors residing west of the...

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Philadelphia Stories

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Philadelphia Stories is given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to an awards event in Philadelphia. Dilruba...

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Pleiades Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/17

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press is given annually for a collection of short stories, flash fiction,...

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