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.

Pushcart Press

Cash Prize: $0
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/23

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines...

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Before Columbus Foundation

Cash Prize: $0
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/23

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

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Thin Air Magazine

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/5/23

A prize of $500 and publication in Thin Air Magazine is given annually for a single poem, a short story, or an essay written by a BIPOC writer. The winner will also be...

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Georgia Writers

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/1/23

Three grants of $500 each are given annually in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to “elevate, encourage, and inspire the voices of Black writers in Georgia.” Grantees also...

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Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/23

A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website will be given annually for a work of nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders...

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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/25/24

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

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Winter Anthology

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $11
Application Deadline: 1/10/24

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, a novel excerpt, or an essay. Nick Flynn will judge. Using only...

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Black Warrior Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 9/1/21

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Eduardo C. Corral will judge in poetry, K...

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Western Connecticut State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/14/24

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 and...

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Literary Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 9/6/24

Four prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and general nonfiction published in the current year by writers living in...

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Prairie Schooner

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/1/24

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Prairie Schooner will be given annually for an essay. Submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee by August 1. Visit...

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North Carolina Writers’ Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/2/24

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 is...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/23

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

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Kinsman Quarterly

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/30/24

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Kinsman Quarterly will be given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short short story, a short story, or an essay on a theme...

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Arts & Letters

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/24

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters...

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Mississippi Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/1/24

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

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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/17/23

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 or a work of prose...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 11/30/23

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a story or essay collection, a novel, or a hybrid work of prose by a queer writer. Carlos Allende will...

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Futurepoem

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 8/15/24

A prize of $1,000, publication by Futurepoem, and 25 author copies is given annually for a book of innovative poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or hybrid work “that...

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Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/15/24

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies will be given annually for a book of nonfiction by a writer living in the United States. The editors...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/24

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a writer who identifies as a woman. Laila Halaby will judge. Using...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 3/31/24

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems, short stories, essays, or hybrid work. The editors...

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/23

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been rejected by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes “worthy manuscripts that...

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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/8/24

A prize of $1,000 and publication in TulipTree Review is given annually for a single poem, a short story, or an essay “whose main characters embody the wild woman spirit...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 8/31/24

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a debut collection of poems, short stories, or essays. The editors and a...

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