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.

Friends of American Writers

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/10/21

A prize of $2,500 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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Commonwealth Club of California

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/15/21

Five prizes of $5,000 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...

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Writer’s Digest

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/15/21
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. A second-place prize...

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Story Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Story Magazine will be given annually for a short story. Submit a short story of no more than 10,000 words with a $25 entry fee by...

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Nowhere

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere is given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, or an essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." Porter Fox will...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/23/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 10,000 words...

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/30/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of at least $3,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and two additional guest panelists (usually the winner's agent and...

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Before Columbus Foundation

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/21

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s...

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LitMag

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in LitMag is given annually for a short story. The winner will have their work reviewed by agents from Bankoff Collaborative, the...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Florida Review is given annually for a chapbook of short fiction, short nonfiction, or graphic narrative. Submit a manuscript of...

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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a nationally distributed book. The editors will...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/21

Four prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by African...

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Livingston Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Livingston Press, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first collection of short stories by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of...

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Ashland Creek Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/21

A prize of $1,000 is given biennially for an unpublished or published book of fiction or creative nonfiction that focuses on the environment, animal protection, ecology, or...

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Hub City Press

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Hub City Press is given biennially for a short story collection. Writers who have published no more than one book and who currently live in...

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Cleveland Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/21

Three to four prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during...

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Kallisto Gaia Press

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,200 and publication by Kallisto Gaia Press will be given annually for a collection of short works of fiction. Submit any combination of short stories, flash...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Press 53, and 50 author copies is given annually for a story collection. Claire V. Foxx will judge. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 250 pages...

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Mississippi Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/1/22

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Current or former University of Southern...

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North Carolina Writers’ Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/2/22

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or an essay “that seeks to convey the rich and varied existence of Black North Carolinians.” The winning entry will be...

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San José State University

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/3/22

Yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $15,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and creative...

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Leon Levy Center for Biography

Cash Prize: $72,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/4/22

Four fellowships of $72,000, writing space at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, access to research facilities, and research assistance from a graduate student is given...

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National Endowment for the Arts

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/12/22

Grants of up to $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in collaboration, at...

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French-American Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/14/22

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published...

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Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/15/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication on the competition website is given annually for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed...

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