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 Ohio Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/21

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit a poem or group of...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/15/21

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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Yemassee

Cash Prize: $1,250
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/15/21
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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Pen Parentis

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/17/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Dreamers Creative Writing Magazine is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 4/19/21

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: $6,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/19/21

A prize of $6,000 is given annually for a book of poetry or a text from Zen Buddhism translated from an Asian language into English and published in the previous year....

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/19/21

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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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 4/23/21
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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F(r)iction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/29/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given twice yearly for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 1,000 to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by April 29. All...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/21

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Dennis Norris II will judge. Unpublished and...

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University of Mississippi

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel published during the previous year that is set in the South and reflects Willie Morris’s “hope for belonging, for belief in a...

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DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/21

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or hybrid-genre work. Ander...

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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication on the Ghost Story website is given twice yearly for a short story with a supernatural or magic realism theme. The winning work will...

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Leapfrog Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 5/3/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, novel, or novella. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Australian Book Review

Cash Prize: $4,356
Entry Fee: $19
Application Deadline: 5/3/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of AUD $6,000 (approximately $4,356) is given annually for a story. A second-place prize of AUD $4,000 (approximately $2,970) and a third-place prize of AUD $2,500 (...

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Bristol Short Story Prize

Cash Prize: $1,343
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 5/5/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,343) and publication in Volume 14 of the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology is given annually for a short story. Irene Baldoni,...

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National Book Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $135
Application Deadline: 5/12/21

Four prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to honor books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and young people’s literature written by U.S. writers and published in the United...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/21

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet to be published in the coming calendar year. The winner also receives an all-expenses paid...

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Crook’s Corner Book Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 5/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a debut novel set in the American South. The author may live anywhere, but eligible novels must be set primarily in Alabama, Arkansas,...

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/21

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Each winner also receives a...

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Carve

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 5/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Carve is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $17...

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New Letters

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/18/21

Three prizes of $2,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using only the online submission system, submit up...

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Center for Fiction

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 5/30/21
Genre: Fiction

Nine fellowships of $5,000 each and a one-year membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City are given annually to fiction writers living in New York City who have not...

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University of Georgia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Roxane Gay will judge. Using only the online submission...

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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a short story collection. Peter Conners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 90 to 200 pages with a $25...

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