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.

Sustainable Arts Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/26/21

Up to twenty awards of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one child under the age of...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/28/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry e-book and a fiction e-book by an African American writer self-published in the United States during the previous year....

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28. All...

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Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Cash Prize: $5,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/28/21

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 2/28/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Kazim Ali will judge. Submit a...

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Alabama State Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/21

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Submit...

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Broadside Lotus Press

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript of 60 to 90...

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University of Wisconsin

Cash Prize: $39,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 3/1/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of at least $39,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to at least five writers working on a...

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Hunger Mountain

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/1/21

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Hunger Mountain website are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems or a...

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Mississippi Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/21

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in...

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Persea Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/7/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published at least one book of poetry. Using only the online...

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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/8/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication in TulipTree Review is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that tells a story with female main characters who are “...

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Yemassee

Cash Prize: $1,250
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,250 and publication by Yemassee is given annually for a poetry chapbook and a fiction chapbook. Dustin Pearson will judge in poetry and Mira T. Lee...

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Airlie Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Airlie Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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National Poetry Series

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Poetry

Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. The 2021 publishers are...

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Bellingham Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/21

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for...

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Verse

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication by Factory Hollow Press is given annually for a poetry chapnbook. The winner will also receive a monthlong residency in summer 2022 in a private...

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Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem. Kim Stafford will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March 15. Send...

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The Word Works

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Word Works is given annually to a U.S. or Canadian poet for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

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Prairie Schooner

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Kwame Dawes will judge....

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Four Way Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/31/21
Genre: Poetry

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

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,188
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 3/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,188) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to read at the...

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Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/21

A prize of $20,000 will be given annually to a writer “who, like Paul Engle, represents a pioneering spirit in the world of literature through writing, editing, publishing, or...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/31/21
Genre: Poetry

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

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Arts & Letters

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/21

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. Romeo Oriogun will judge in...

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