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.

Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 1/24/20
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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New Millennium Writings

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

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a work of flash fiction, and a work of creative...

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Black Lawrence Press

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

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The contest is open to traditional novels “as well as novels-in-...

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Regal House Publishing

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Regal House Publishing will be given annually for a poetry collection. Peter Schmitt and the editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48...

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Autumn House Press

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Autumn House Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection by a writer age 33 or younger. Yona Harvey will judge. Submit a...

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Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/20

Grants of up to $1,500 each are given in alternating years to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The...

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Iowa Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/20

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Stephanie Burt will judge in poetry, Lan...

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Winter Anthology

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, or an essay. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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Crazyhorse

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/20

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Cyrus Cassells will judge in poetry, Jamel Brinkley...

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Schaffner Press

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that “deals...

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Austin Community College

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 1/31/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three copies of...

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to give a reading at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry...

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Passaic County Community College

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet is expected to participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading at...

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W. B. Yeats Society of New York

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the W. B. Yeats Society of New York website is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to a ceremony in New York City...

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Binghamton University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry...

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Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/20

Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given annually to fiction and nonfiction writers...

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Main Street Rag

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 2/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,200, publication by Main Street Rag, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors and previous winners will judge. Submit a...

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Passaic County Community College

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 2/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review is given annually for a single poem. Submit three copies of up to five poems of no more than two pages each...

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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 2/3/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $4,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 80 pages of poetry (no...

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Southern Illinois University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/8/20

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction published in the previous year. Each winner will...

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Furious Flower Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/10/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Obsidian, the literary journal of Illinois State University, is given annually for a group of poems. The winner also receives...

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Hippocrates Prize

Cash Prize: $1,260
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 2/14/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,260) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and on the website is given annually for a single poem on a medical theme. A prize...

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Milkweed Editions

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/14/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet currently residing in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South...

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Colgate University

Cash Prize: $42,745
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/20

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $42,745, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to poets, fiction writers, or...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/20
Genre: Poetry

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

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