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.

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Cash Prize: $1,300
Entry Fee: $7
Application Deadline: 7/18/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,300); a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writing Centre of Wales; and publication on the Ledbury Poetry Festival website is given annually...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 7/24/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five...

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Kore Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 7/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Kore Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection by a woman, trans, or gender-nonconforming poet. Erica Hunt will...

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Emrys Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Emrys Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive a weeklong residency at the Rensing Center near...

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New Millennium Writings

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/19

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal's website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short...

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Howling Bird Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Howling Bird Press will be given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The 2019 prize will be awarded...

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Sewanee Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sewanee Review will be given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Carl Phillips will judge in poetry and...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Press 53, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Tom Lombardo will judge. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 120 pages with...

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Seneca Review Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 8/1/19

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Seneca Review Books will be given biennially for a collection of lyric essays. Jenny Boully will judge. Cross-genre, hybrid, and verse...

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Delaware Division of the Arts

Cash Prize: $6,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/19

Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and Emerging Artist Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Delaware poets, fiction writers, and creative...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/19

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...

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PEN America

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 8/1/19

Five seven-month fellowships, which include a stipend of $1,000 each, are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who lack access to...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/15/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a work of flash fiction or creative nonfiction. Submit up to three poems, stories,...

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500, publication by Broadkill River Press, ten author copies, and two cases of Dogfish Head craft beer are given annually for a poetry collection written by a poet...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/15/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a work of short prose. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to...

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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/15/19

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “tells a story.” The winner will also receive a two-year subscription to Duotrope and...

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Grayson Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Grayson Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Robert Cording will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

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Red Wheelbarrow

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 8/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Red Wheelbarrow will be given annually for a poem. The winner will also receive 20 copies of a letterpress broadside of the...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 8/19/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Rachel Zucker will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to...

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Kallisto Gaia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/20/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Ocotillo Review will be given annually for a poem and a short story. The winners will also each receive a two-year...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given in alternating years for a group of poems or a prose excerpt translated from any language into English. The...

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Ex Ophidia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ex Ophidia Press, and 15 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Richard-Gabriel Rummonds will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Black Lawrence Press is given annually for a debut collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the online...

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Grid Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Grid Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a writer over the age of 60. Jon Davis will judge. Using the online submission...

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Utica College

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a resident of upstate New York. The winner will also give a reading and teach a...

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