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.

Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Gary Fincke will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

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University of Georgia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
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 the online submission system...

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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
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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Bridport Arts Centre

Cash Prize: $6,430
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $6,430) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. Two second-place prizes of £1,...

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Southampton Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story by a college student. The winner also receives a full scholarship to attend the Southampton Writers Conference in July,...

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American Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a short story. Rebecca Makkai will judge. Submit a story of 2,000 to 6,500 words with...

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Salamander

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/3/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Salamander is given annually for a short story. Wayétu Moore will judge. Submit a story of up to 30 pages with a $15 entry fee...

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Writer’s Digest

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/3/19

A prize of $5,000, publication in the 88th annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York...

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Philadelphia Stories

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Philadelphia Stories is given annually for a short story. The winner will also receive travel and lodging expenses to read at...

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American-Scandinavian Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/19

A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a work of poetry, fiction, or creative...

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Towson University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/19

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a current resident of Maryland who has lived in the state for at least three years...

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Willow Springs Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Willow Springs Books is given annually for a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of three or more stories totaling at least 98...

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Western Connecticut State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in the previous year. The winners also receive $500 in travel expenses to...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 6/15/19

Four prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers for books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, and biography or autobiography (including memoir) published in...

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New American Press

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,200 and publication by New American Press is given annually for a book of fiction. Judith Claire Mitchell will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Bard College

Cash Prize: $30,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/17/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give...

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Maine Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/20/19

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. The...

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Mexico

Cash Prize: $150,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/22/19

A prize of $150,000 is given annually to honor the lifetime achievement of a poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer who writes in Catalan, French, Galician,...

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Artist Trust

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/24/19

Grants of up to $1,500 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are residents of Washington State. Students enrolled in a degree-granting...

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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/25/19

Three prizes are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer to honor their first books. The winners each receive an all-expenses-paid trip to...

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Feminist Press/TAYO Literary Magazine

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/28/19

A prize of $5,000 and publication by the Feminist Press will be given annually for a debut book of fiction or narrative nonfiction by a woman of color or a nonbinary writer of...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using the online submission...

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University of Pittsburgh Press

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Writers who have published at least one previous book...

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Los Angeles Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/30/19

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Matty Layne Glasgow...

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The Moth

Cash Prize: $3,380
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,380) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of publication, a weeklong retreat at...

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