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.

Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Fiction

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

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Pleiades Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/19

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, short short...

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/19

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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Washington College

Cash Prize: $45,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/19

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is...

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Sonora Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 11/15/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sonora Review is given annually for a work of short prose on a theme. This year’s theme is “Encounter.” Hybrid work is encouraged...

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Washington Writers Publishing House

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
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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The Story Prize

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
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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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in TulipTree Review will be given annually for a story of genre fiction. Stories in the genres of mystery, crime, romance, science...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press will be given annually for a novel. Hidden River Press staff will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit...

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Writer’s Digest

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and travel and lodging expenses for a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. The winner will also...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/17/19

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of fiction or creative...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,330
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,330) and publication in the annual Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short story. The winner will also be invited to attend...

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Quarter After Eight

Cash Prize: $1,008
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/19

A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight is given annually for a prose poem, a short short story, or a micro-essay. Using only the online submission...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 11/30/19

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 prose. A second-...

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Dappled Things

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 and publication in Dappled Things is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of...

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American Library Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous year that is set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven...

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/19

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines...

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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Fiction

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

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Langum Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the previous year. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of a book (or galleys)...

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Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 12/2/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Fellowships for a seven-month residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, are given annually to four poets and four fiction writers who have not...

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Friends of American Writers 

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/10/19

A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who...

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LitMag

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,500 and publication in LitMag is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 will also be given. The winners will have their work...

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Willow Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of creative nonfiction by writers of color. Using only the online...

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Commonwealth Club of California

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/15/19

Five prizes are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, a first book of fiction, a book of creative nonfiction, and a book of fiction or nonfiction that...

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Mid-American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/15/19
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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