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.

Syracuse University Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/23

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Syracuse University Press is given biennially in alternating years for either a debut fiction or a debut nonfiction manuscript written by a...

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Center for African American Poetry and Poetics/Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Autumn House Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection or a work that intersects with poetry, including hybrid text,...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Arizona Press is given annually for a poetry collection originally written in Spanish by a living writer and translated into...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poetry collection translated from any language into English and published in the United States during the previous year. Anna Deeny...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/28/23
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a poetry e-book and a fiction e-book by an African American writer self-published in the United States during the previous year...

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Poetry Northwest

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/28/23
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Poetry Northwest are given annually for a single poem by an Indigenous poet. The winners will also receive an all-expenses-...

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Mississippi Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/23

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in...

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Poets & Writers, Inc.

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/23
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner will also receive a monthlong residency at the Jentel Artist...

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Kansas City Public Library

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/23
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given in alternating years for a poetry collection or a novel by an author whose work “demonstrates a commitment to social justice in America and/or the...

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Broadside Lotus Press

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript of...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/23
Genre: Poetry

A fellowship of $25,000 is given biennially for the translation into English of a work of modern Italian poetry. The winning translator will also receive a five-week residency...

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Alabama State Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/23

Approximately two fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least...

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National Endowment for the Arts

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/8/23

Around 35 grants of $25,000 each are given annually in alternating years to poets and prose writers to “enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel,...

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