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.

Manchester Metropolitan University

Cash Prize: $12,300
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 9/20/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £10,000 (approximately $12,300) each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The winners will be invited to attend an award ceremony in...

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American Academy in Berlin

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/23/19

Residential fellowships are given annually to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers to spend an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the...

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New York Public Library

Cash Prize: $75,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/27/19

Up to 15 fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at...

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New Guard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 9/27/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Guard are given annually for a poem and a short story. Richard Blanco will judge in poetry and Elizabeth Hand will...

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Dzanc Books is given annually for a story collection. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a story...

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University of Iowa Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Fiction

Two awards of publication by University of Iowa Press are given annually for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible....

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Dzanc Books is given annually for a novel. John Englehardt, Lee Martin, and Elle Nash will judge. Using only the online submission system,...

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Dzanc Books will be given occasionally for a novella. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript...

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University of Massachusetts Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/19

Five prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press is given annually for a novella. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 17,500 to 40,000 words...

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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication on the Ghost Story website and in the Ghost Story print anthology, 21st Century Ghost Stories, is given twice yearly...

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Hackney Literary Awards

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines...

Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Cai Emmons will judge. Using only the online submission system,...

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American Literary Review

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

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using only the online submission...

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Zoetrope: All-Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope: All-Story website is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists are considered for representation by...

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Big Muddy, a literary journal published by Southeast Missouri State University Press, is given for a short story. The annual award...

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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/1/19

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Southern Indiana Review are given annually for a poem, a work of fiction, and a work of creative nonfiction. José...

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Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Louisiana Literature is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a full-length book of fiction. The...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 10/1/19

Five prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, U. S. history, and biography or autobiography (including...

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LitMag

Cash Prize: $1,250
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 10/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,250 and publication in LitMag will be given annually for a piece of flash fiction. The winning story will also be reviewed by literary agency Sobel Weber...

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Missouri Review

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/1/19

Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or...

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A Public Space

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/15/19

Three six-month fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging fiction writers and nonfiction writers who have not published a full-length book. The fellows will...

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University of Louisville

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Miracle Monocle is given annually for a work of fiction written in the fabulist experimental style of Italo Calvino. The winner...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 10/21/19
Genre: Fiction

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

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 10/24/19
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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