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.

Munster Literature Centre

Cash Prize: $2,043
Entry Fee: $7
Application Deadline: 11/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,043) and publication in Southword is given annually for a single poem. The winner will also be invited to give a featured reading at...

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Quarter After Eight

Cash Prize: $1,008
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/22

A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight is given annually for a prose poem, a short short story, or a micro essay. Kirstin Valdez Quade will judge....

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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a first book of poetry by a U.S. resident. Tina Chang will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 11/30/22

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. Elizabeth Bradfield...

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Carlow University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize valued at $2,000 is given annually to a woman poet over 40 who has not published a poetry collection (excluding chapbooks and self-published books). The winner receives...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,064
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/30/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,064) and publication in the annual Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short story. The winner will also be invited to attend...

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Green Linden Press  

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Green Linden Press is given annually for an innovative book of poetry “that challenges expectations of genre, form, or mode while engaging...

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Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/22
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Autumn House Press is given in alternating years for a debut work of poetry or fiction. The 2023 prize will be given for fiction. The...

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Tadpole Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 11/30/22

A prize of $1,000 will be given twice annually for a work of flash poetry or prose. Using only the online submission system, submit a work of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction of...

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Beloit Poetry Journal

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500, publication by Beloit Poetry Journal, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Using only the online...

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White Pine Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 80 pages with a $20 entry fee by...

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University of Georgia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. The winner will also be invited to read from their book at the...

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LitMag

Cash Prize: $1,250
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 11/30/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,250 and publication in LitMag is given annually for a work of flash fiction. The winner will also have their work reviewed by agents from the Bent Agency,...

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University of North Texas

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the current year by a midcareer poet. The winner will also give a reading and book signing at the...

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Pushcart Press

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

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 or...

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Masters Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000, publication in Masters Review, and an agent consultation will be given annually for an excerpt of an unpublished novel or novel-in-progress showing “a...

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Slipstream Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Slipstream Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 40 pages...

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Meadowlark Press

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

A prize of $1,000, publication by Meadowlark Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript...

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Langum Foundation

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

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the current year. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of a book (or galleys)...

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Waywiser Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $29
Application Deadline: 12/1/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by the Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous collection. The winner...

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Five Points

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Five Points is given annually for a group of poems. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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African Poetry Book Fund

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press in conjunction with Amalion Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection by an African poet. Writers...

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/1/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up...

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Regal House Publishing

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

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

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Center for Book Arts

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/15/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive 10 copies of their chapbook and an...

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Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown

Cash Prize: $8,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 12/15/22
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Fellowships for a seven-month residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, are given annually to four poets and four fiction writers who have not...

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Story

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Story is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a short story of no more than 10,000...

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Essay Press/University of Washington Bothell

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/22

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Essay Press will be given annually for lyric essays, prose poems, and works of experimental biography and autobiography that “challenge the...

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Longleaf Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 12/15/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Longleaf Press, and 25 author copies will be given annually for a poetry collection. The winner will also be invited to give a virtual reading...

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/30/22
Genre: Fiction

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

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Codhill Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. James Sherwood will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70...

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/31/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually for a group of poems from a manuscript-in-progress. Wayne Miller will judge. Using...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $9,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $9,000, publication by Tupelo Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives the option of either a weeklong...

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Kallisto Gaia Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Kallisto Gaia Press is given annually for a collection of short works of fiction. Lesley Bannatyne will judge. Using only the online...

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Cleveland Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/22

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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American Library Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel published in the current year that is set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven...

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LitMag

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/22
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 Bent...

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Kallisto Gaia Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Kallisto Gaia Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Austin Smith will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit 28 to...

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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 12/31/22
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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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $20,000 is given annually for a unified and complete sequence of poems published in the United States in a print or online journal, a chapbook, or a book during the...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/31/22
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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Michigan Quarterly Review  

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Michigan Quarterly Review will be given annually for a short story. Desiree Cooper will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Ohio University Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Ohio University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Jennifer Kwon Dobbs will judge. Using only the online submission system,...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/22

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 up...

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Crosswinds

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Crosswinds is given annually for a single poem. Alexandria Peary will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 60 lines each...

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The Moth  

Cash Prize: $6,128
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/31/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €6,000 (approximately $6,128) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a single poem. Three runner-up prizes of €1,000 (approximately $1,021) each...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/22

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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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/31/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Nuar Alsadir will judge...

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Burnside Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Burnside Review Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Jaswinder Bolina will judge. Using only the online...

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Before Columbus Foundation

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/22

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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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/22
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: 1/1/23

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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North Carolina Writers’ Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/2/23

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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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $9
Application Deadline: 1/3/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $9 entry...

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San José State University

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/3/23

Six 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: 1/4/23

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 are...

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New Literary Project

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/9/23

Nine fellowships of $5,000 each will be given annually to high school teachers working on an ongoing fiction, creative nonfiction, or memoir project. Full-time instructors at...

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Winter Anthology

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

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. Ann Lauterbach will judge. Using...

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National Endowment for the Arts

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/12/23
Genre: Poetry

Around 20 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...

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92NY Unterberg Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/13/23
Genre: Poetry

Four prizes of $500 each and publication in Paris Review Daily are given annually for a group of poems. Winners also receive lodging and travel expenses to give a reading at...

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French-American Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/13/23

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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Colorado Review

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/14/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Felicia Zamora will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100...

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Poetry Society of Virginia

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $36
Application Deadline: 1/15/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published during the previous year. The winner is also invited to read at the organization’s annual Spring Poetry...

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Asheville Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/15/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore in...

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Ellen Meloy Fund

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/15/23

A prize of $5,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer “whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Ellen Meloy’s writing” to...

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