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.

Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 10/17/22

Six prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to honor books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, U. S. history, biography, and memoir or autobiography published in the...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 10/17/22
Genre: Fiction

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

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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/17/22

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Fall/Winter issue of TulipTree Review is given annually for a humorous poem, story, or essay. Submit a poem of up to 100 lines...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 10/24/22
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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PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/31/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the current year. Four finalists each receive $5,000. The winner and finalists will also be invited...

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Bedford Competition

Cash Prize: $1,254
Entry Fee: $9
Application Deadline: 10/31/22
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of £1,000 each (approximately $1,254) and publication in the Bedford Competition anthology will be given annually for a poem and a short story. Jessica Mookherjee will...

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Cloudbank Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/22

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Cloudbank Books is given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or a combination of the two. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 90...

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Tucson Festival of Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/22

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also receive scholarships to attend a workshop on the...

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Briar Cliff Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/22

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three poems...

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Washington Writers’ Publishing House

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 11/1/22

Three prizes of $1,500 each, publication by Washington Writers’ Publishing House, and 25 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection, a short story collection or...

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a novel, short story collection, novella, or...

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/22
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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North American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 11/1/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in North American Review will be given annually for a work of speculative fiction. Brian Evenson will judge. Submit a short story, work...

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a novel, short story collection, novella, or novella collection. U.S. writers who have not...

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F(r)iction

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

A prize of $1,000 is given twice a year for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 1,001 to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by November 1....

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Malahat Review

Cash Prize: $1,595
Entry Fee: $36
Application Deadline: 11/1/22

Three prizes of $2,000 Canadian (approximately $1,595) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using only the...

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Carve

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 11/15/22

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Carve will be given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using only the online submission system, submit up...

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