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.

Los Angeles Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/14/20

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. Francisco Aragón will...

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Nowhere Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 7/15/20

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

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Regal House Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Regal House Publishing will be given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 350 pages with a $25 entry...

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Cincinnati Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/20

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Cincinnati Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Rebecca Lindenberg will judge in...

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PEN America

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/20

A grant of $10,000 will be given annually for a nonfiction work-in-progress that “uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement.” Using only the...

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Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 9/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts is given annually for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally...

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