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.

New South

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/21/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems...

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Enizagam

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/28/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Enizagam are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Tongo Eisen-Martin will judge in poetry and Shanthi...

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Willie Morris Awards

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/29/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 will be given annually for novel published during the previous year that takes place in the South and reflects late author Willie Morris’s “hope for...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

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 fiction or...

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Willie Morris Awards

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $2,500 will be given annually for poem that exudes the American South in spirit, history, landscape, or experience. The winner will also receive an all-expenses-paid...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Indiana Review are given annually for a group of poems and a story. Using the online submission system, submit up to three...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the...

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Bosque Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 3/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in bosque is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt by a writer over the age of 40. Julie Williams will judge. Using the...

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Arts & Letters

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

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. GennaRose Nethercott will judge...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Ginger Murchison will judge in poetry and Pinckney...

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Bellingham Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

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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Restless Books

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books is given in alternating years for a debut book of fiction or nonfiction by a first-generation immigrant. The 2019 prize...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit...

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Banipal Trust for Arab Literature

Cash Prize: $3,780
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,780) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English and published for the first time in English...

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Orison Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/1/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by Orison Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. Eric Pankey will judge in poetry and Victor LaValle...

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Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society

Cash Prize: $7,500
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 4/1/19

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a novel; a prize of $2,000 is given for a book of nonfiction; three prizes of $1,500 each are given for a short story, a novella, and a...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 4/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $10 entry fee by...

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The Pinch

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/1/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Emily Skaja will judge in poetry, Amy Bonnaffons...

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Australian Book Review

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/10/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of AUD $5,000 (approximately $3,610) is given annually for a story. A second-place prize of AUD $3,000 (approximately $2,170) and a third-place prize of AUD $2,000 (...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

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 or translators may...

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New Ohio Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

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. Tyehimba Jess will judge...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

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: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

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

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Hub City Press

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/16/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Hub City Press will be given annually for a short story collection. U.S. writers who have not published a book in any genre and who have...

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