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.

Comstock Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 7/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a single poem. Patricia Smith will judge. Submit up to five poems of no more than 40 lines...

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Cincinnati Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/20

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Cincinnati Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Rebecca Lindenberg will judge in...

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Bellevue Literary Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/20

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works...

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Nowhere Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 7/15/20

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “possesses a powerful sense of place.”...

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Rattle

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $15,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a single poem. A Reader’s Choice Award of $5,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Submit up to...

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Ledbury Poetry Festival

Cash Prize: $1,235
Entry Fee: $6
Application Deadline: 7/16/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,235); 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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Narrative

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/17/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem or group of poems. The poetry editors will judge. Using only the online submission system,...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 7/24/20
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: 7/31/20

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 story...

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Prairie Heritage, Inc.

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/31/20

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that “illuminates the heritage of North America’s mid-...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/31/20
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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Howling Bird Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/20

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Howling Bird Press is given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The 2021 prize will be awarded in...

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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/3/20

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

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Delaware Division of the Arts

Cash Prize: $6,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/3/20

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

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Grayson Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Grayson Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Brian Clements will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Red Wheelbarrow

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

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

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500, publication by Broadkill River Press, 10 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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The Word Works

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by the Word Works, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published at least two full-length books of...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 8/17/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Brian Teare will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120...

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Kallisto Gaia Press

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Ocotillo Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Chip Dameron will judge the Julia Darling Memorial...

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Talking Gourds

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 8/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem. The winner also receives $500 in travel expenses to attend the Talking Gourd Awards in Telluride, Colorado, in October....

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Utica College

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/31/20
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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Aesthetica

Cash Prize: $1,235
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 8/31/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £1,000 (approximately $1,235) each and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual are given annually for a poem and a short story. The winner in...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 8/31/20
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 2020...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 8/31/20

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 500...

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