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.

Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/15/19
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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University of Wisconsin Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/15/19
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Wisconsin Press are given annually for poetry collections. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 90 pages with a $28 entry fee...

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Red Mountain Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Mountain Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $30 entry fee by September 15....

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John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Cash Prize: $50,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/16/19

Fellowships of approximately $50,000 each are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise....

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Manchester Metropolitan University

Cash Prize: $12,300
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 9/20/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £10,000 (approximately $12,300) each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The winners will be invited to attend an award ceremony in...

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American Academy in Berlin

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/23/19

Residential fellowships are given annually to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers to spend an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the...

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New Guard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 9/27/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Guard are given annually for a poem and a short story. Richard Blanco will judge in poetry and Elizabeth Hand will...

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New York Public Library

Cash Prize: $75,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/27/19

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

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Southwest Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a poem or group of poems by a writer who has not published a poetry collection. Submit up...

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Mad Creek Books

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
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 will...

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University of Massachusetts Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/19

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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New Criterion

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Criterion Books is given annually for a poetry collection that pays close attention to form. George Green, Roger Kimball, and David Yezzi...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $2,000 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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California State University in Fresno

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Poetry

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

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University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Poetry

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

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Cave Canem Foundation

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize valued at approximately $2,500 is given annually for a poetry chapbook by a Black poet. The winner will receive $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books, and a weeklong...

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John Pollard Foundation

Cash Prize: $11,400
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €10,000 (approximately $11,400) will be given annually for a debut poetry collection published during the current year. Publishers may submit four copies of a debut...

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Missouri Review

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/1/19

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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American Literary Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/1/19

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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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/1/19

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Southern Indiana Review are given annually for a poem, a work of fiction, and a work of creative nonfiction. José...

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Carlow University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize valued at $2,000 is given annually to a woman poet over 40 who has not published a book in any genre. The winner receives $1,000, publication in Voices From the...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 10/1/19

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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Copper Nickel

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/19
Genre: Poetry

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

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San Diego Poetry Annual

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/15/19
Genre: Poetry

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

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Silverfish Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/19
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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