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.

New York Public Library

Cash Prize: $75,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/25/20

Up to 15 fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators whose work will benefit directly from access to the research...

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Coffee-House Poetry

Cash Prize: $2,548
Entry Fee: $7
Application Deadline: 9/28/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £2,000 (approximately $2,548) is given annually for a single poem. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,274) is also given. Both winners receive...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 9/30/20
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a poem in any style and a poem that either rhymes or is written in a traditional...

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University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Patricia Smith will judge. Using only the online submission system...

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University of Massachusetts Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/20

Five prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection...

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Mad Creek Books

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 9/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Mad Creek Books, the literary trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a poetry collection. Kathy Fagan and...

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California State University in Fresno

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Anhinga Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Cathy Park Hong will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

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Carlow University

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize valued at $2,500 is given annually to a woman poet over 40 who has not published a book in any genre. The winner receives $2,500 and publication in Voices From the...

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American Literary Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/1/20

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using only the online submission...

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Missouri Review

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/1/20

Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 10/1/20

Five prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, U. S. history, and biography or autobiography (including...

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African Poetry Book Fund

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

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a book of poetry by an African poet published in the previous year. Writers who were born in Africa, who are a national or a...

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San Diego Poetry Annual

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in San Diego Poetry Annual is given annually for a single poem. The winner will also receive an invitation to read at an award ceremony...

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Copper Nickel

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Randall Mann will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Silverfish Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a...

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Fordham University at Lincoln Center 

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 10/15/20
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Fordham University Press are given annually for poetry collections. The winners also each receive a publicity consultation and $500...

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Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Antenna::Signals is given annually for a group of poems. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the Tennessee Williams...

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John Pollard Foundation

Cash Prize: $11,387
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/16/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €10,000 (approximately $11,387) is given annually for a debut poetry collection published during the current year. Publishers may submit a book published between...

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Red Mountain Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 10/18/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Mountain Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Lisa Rosenberg will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $35...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 10/24/20
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 only the online submission system, submit up to...

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Finishing Line Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 16 to 36 pages with a $15 entry fee by October 31. All...

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University of North Texas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of...

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Comstock Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by the Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Michael McAnaney will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Red Hen Press, and a four-week residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a poetry collection. Jeffrey Harrison will...

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Conduit Books & Ephemera

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Conduit Books & Ephemera, and 30 author copies is given annually for a book of poetry. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48...

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