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.

New South

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/21/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems...

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Enizagam

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/28/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Enizagam are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Tongo Eisen-Martin will judge in poetry and Shanthi...

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Cave Canem Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/29/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a first book of poetry by a Black poet of African descent. Evie Shockley will judge....

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Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $6
Application Deadline: 3/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem written in metrical verse. The winner also receives a scholarship and a $400 honorarium to give a reading at the Frost Farm...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,180
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 3/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,180) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to read at the...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Ginger Murchison will judge in poetry and Pinckney...

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Banipal Trust for Arab Literature

Cash Prize: $3,780
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,780) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English and published for the first time in English...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Indiana Review are given annually for a group of poems and a story. Using the online submission system, submit up to three...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the...

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Willie Morris Awards

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $2,500 will be given annually for poem that exudes the American South in spirit, history, landscape, or experience. The winner will also receive an all-expenses-paid...

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Arts & Letters

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. GennaRose Nethercott will judge...

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Bellingham Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a single poem. Previously published and unpublished poems are eligible. The winners and finalists will...

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Tusculum Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tusculum Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Manuscripts with one or two authors are eligible. Bhanu Kapil will judge...

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system...

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. Sandra Alcosser will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($3...

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Orison Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/1/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by Orison Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. Eric Pankey will judge in poetry and Victor LaValle...

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Saturnalia Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Saturnalia Books, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Patricia Smith will judge. Using the online submission...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a humorous poem. Jendi Reiter will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society

Cash Prize: $7,500
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 4/1/19

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a novel; a prize of $2,000 is given for a book of nonfiction; three prizes of $1,500 each are given for a short story, a novella, and a...

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The Pinch

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/1/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Emily Skaja will judge in poetry, Amy Bonnaffons...

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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 4/5/19
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center are given annually for poetry collections. The First Book Competition is open to poets...

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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 4/5/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center is given annually for an essay collection. Hanif Abdurraqib will judge. Using the online...

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