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.

University of North Texas

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. Public health conditions permitting, the winner will also...

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White Pine Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 80 pages with a $20 entry fee by...

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Quarter After Eight

Cash Prize: $1,008
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/20

A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight is given annually for a prose poem, a short short story, or a micro-essay. Using only the online submission...

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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a first book of poetry by a U.S. resident. Aimee Nezhukumatathil will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48...

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Munster Literature Center

Cash Prize: $2,378
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 11/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,378), publication in Southword, and a weeklong residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, is given annually...

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Beloit Poetry Journal

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500, publication by Beloit Poetry Journal, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Using only the online...

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Meadowlark Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Meadowlark Books, and 50 author copies will be given annually for a poetry book. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript...

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Waywiser Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $29
Application Deadline: 12/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by the Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous collection. The winner...

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Five Points

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Five Points is given annually for a group of poems. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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December

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in december is given annually for a single poem. Carl Phillips will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry...

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/20

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines...

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Ohio University Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Ohio University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 95 pages with a $30 entry fee by December 1....

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit...

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Slipstream Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Slipstream Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 40 pages...

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African Poetry Book Fund

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection by a poet who was born in Africa, is an African national or...

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Brunel University London

Cash Prize: $3,668
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/2/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,668) is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who was born in Africa, is a national of an African country, or whose parents are...

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Center for Book Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive an additional $500 to give a...

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Codhill Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. James Sherwood will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70...

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Before Columbus Foundation

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/20

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s...

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $20,000 is given annually for a unified and complete sequence of poems published in the United States. in a print or online journal, a chapbook, or a book. Three...

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Moth

Cash Prize: $7,136
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 12/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €6,000 (approximately $7,136) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a single poem. Three runner-up prizes of €1,000 (approximately $1,189) each...

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Burnside Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Burnside Review Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Jennifer Chang will judge. Using only the online...

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Heid E. Erdrich will...

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Crosswinds

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Crosswinds is given annually for a single poem. Margaret Gibson will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Cash Prize: $49,296
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/20
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $65,000 CAD (approximately $49,296) each are given annually for poetry collections published during the previous year by a Canadian poet or translator and by an...

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