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.

Oversound

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Oversound, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Mary Jo Bang will judge. Using the online submission system...

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Southern Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. Submit three to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20...

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Anhinga Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to participate in a reading tour at...

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Bridport Arts Centre

Cash Prize: $6,430
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $6,430) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. Two second-place prizes of £1,...

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University of Nebraska Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500, publication by University of Nebraska Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Grace Bauer will judge. Using the online...

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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 6/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed...

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Southern Humanities Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Humanities Review is given annually for a poem of witness in honor of poet Jake Adam York. The winner also receives...

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Writer’s Digest

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/3/19

A prize of $5,000, publication in the 88th annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York...

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University of Akron Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Victoria Chang will judge. Using the online submission system, submit...

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Bitter Oleander Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee between May 1...

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American-Scandinavian Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/19

A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a work of poetry, fiction, or creative...

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Towson University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/19

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a current resident of Maryland who has lived in the state for at least three years...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 6/15/19

Four prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers for books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, and biography or autobiography (including memoir) published in...

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Western Connecticut State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in the previous year. The winners also receive $500 in travel expenses to...

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Conduit Books & Ephemera

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Conduit Books & Ephemera, and 25 author copies will be given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using the online...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 6/17/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Tongo Eisen-Martin will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20...

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Maine Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/20/19

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. The...

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Mexico

Cash Prize: $150,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/22/19

A prize of $150,000 is given annually to honor the lifetime achievement of a poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer who writes in Catalan, French, Galician,...

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Artist Trust

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/24/19

Grants of up to $1,500 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are residents of Washington State. Students enrolled in a degree-granting...

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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/25/19

Three prizes are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer to honor their first books. The winners each receive an all-expenses-paid trip to...

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Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Cash Prize: $49,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
Genre: Poetry

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

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Bauhan Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Deborah Gorlin will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80...

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Munster Literature Center

Cash Prize: $1,130
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,130) and publication by the Munster Literature Center is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive accommodations...

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Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/30/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner...

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University of Canberra

Cash Prize: $10,600
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of AUD $15,000 (approximately $10,600) and publication in the prize anthology is given annually for a single poem. A second-place prize of AUD $5,000 (approximately $3,...

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