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.

Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 1/24/21
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 only the online submission system, submit up to...

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North Carolina Writers’ Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/30/21
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. Therese Anne Fowler will judge....

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The contest is open to traditional novels “as well as novels-in-...

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Iowa Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/21

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Using only the online submission system,...

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Crazyhorse

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/21

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using only the online submission system, submit up...

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Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/21

Grants of up to $1,500 each are given in alternating years to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The...

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Masters Review

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

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by an emerging writer. The winning story will also be reviewed by a...

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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Ghost Story website and in the 21st Century Ghost Stories anthology will be given annually for a flash fiction piece with a...

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AKO Caine Prize for African Writing

Cash Prize: $12,860
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of £10,000 (approximately $12,860) is given annually for a previously published short story by an African writer. Shortlisted writers will receive £500 (approximately $...

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Schaffner Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/21

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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New Millennium Writings

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

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a work of flash fiction, and a work of creative...

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Austin Community College

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 1/31/21
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 or publishers may submit three copies of...

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Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/21

Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts at Bucknell University are given annually to fiction...

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Slippery Elm

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/1/21

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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American Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 2/1/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a piece of flash fiction. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three...

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Ruminate

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/1/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $...

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Chattahoochee Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 2/8/21

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

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Winter Anthology

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $11
Application Deadline: 2/10/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, or an essay. Both unpublished and previously published work is...

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Syracuse University Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Syracuse University Press is given biennially for a novel or short story collection by a U.S. veteran, active duty personnel in any branch...

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Sarabande Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $29
Application Deadline: 2/15/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a...

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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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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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Little Tokyo Historical Society

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

A prize of $500 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website is given annually for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district 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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Red Hen Press

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a woman. Using only the online submission system, submit a story or...

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