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.

Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 6/18/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Srikanth Reddy will judge. Submit a...

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Mexico

Cash Prize: $150,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/22/18

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: 6/25/18

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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Barrow Street Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Ada Limón will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

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Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Cash Prize: $50,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/18
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $65,000 CAD (approximately $50,000) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator...

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University of Canberra

Cash Prize: $11,900
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 6/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $15,000 AUD (approximately $11,900) and publication in an e-book anthology is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $3,950)...

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Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/30/18

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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Parlor Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Parlor Press in the Free Verse Editions series is given annually for a poetry collection. Jon Thompson will judge. Using the online...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $60
Application Deadline: 6/30/18

A grand prize of $3,000 and five prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for self-published books of poetry, fiction, genre fiction, creative nonfiction, and children's...

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Cider Press Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 6/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48...

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Bauhan Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/30/18
Genre: Poetry

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

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Los Angeles Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/30/18

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Douglas Manuel...

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Blue Mountain Center

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/1/18

A prize of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to an essayist or journalist whose...

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Prairie Heritage, Inc.

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/1/18

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 America's mid-...

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Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 7/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website is given annually for a poem that explores "positive visions of peace and the human spirit."...

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Claremont Graduate University

Cash Prize: $100,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/1/18
Genre: Poetry

The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner spends one week in residence at Claremont Graduate...

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Bellevue Literary Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/1/18

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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Stone Canoe

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/8/18

Three prizes of $500 each and publication in Stone Canoe are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by writers who are current or past...

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Literary Arts

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/9/18

Fellowships of $3,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. One Women...

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Ledbury Poetry Festival

Cash Prize: $1,400
Entry Fee: $7
Application Deadline: 7/12/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize £1,000 (approximately $1,400); a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writing Centre of Wales; and publication on the Ledbury Poetry Festival website is given annually for...

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Rattle

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a poem. A Reader's Choice Award of $2,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Submit up to four...

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Comstock Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a poem. Maggie Smith will judge. Submit a poem of up to 40 lines with a $5 entry fee by July...

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The Word Works

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

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

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Crab Orchard

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually...

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Breakwater Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Breakwater Review is given annually for a story. Lillian-Yvonne Bertram will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $10 entry fee by...

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