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.

Western Connecticut State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/13/21

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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Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/15/21

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 Akron Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/21
Genre: Poetry

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

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42 Miles Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by 42 Miles Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Indiana University in South...

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Bitter Oleander Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 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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Maine Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/17/21

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, a creative nonfiction writer, or a writer working in a genre beyond these categories who has lived...

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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/25/21

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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Bauhan Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/30/21
Genre: Poetry

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

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $65
Application Deadline: 6/30/21

A grand prize of $5,000 and seven additional prizes of $1,000 each given annually for self-published books of poetry, fiction, genre fiction, creative nonfiction, children’s...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 6/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Rae Armantrout will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 40...

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Finishing Line Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook by a writer who identifies as a woman and has not yet published a full-length...

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Cider Press Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 6/30/21
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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Nowhere Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/30/21

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 people, place,...

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Twyckenham Notes

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Twyckenham Notes will be given annually for a poem or group of poems. The editors will judge. Submit up to seven poems with a $20...

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Barrow Street Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/30/21
Genre: Poetry

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

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Los Angeles Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/30/21

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Francesca Bell will...

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Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Cash Prize: $51,078
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/21
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of CAD $65,000 (approximately $51,078) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator...

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Moon City Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Moon City Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Futurepoem

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 7/1/21

A prize of $1,000, publication by Futurepoem, and 25 author copies is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid-genre work. The editors will judge....

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Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 7/1/21
Genre: Poetry

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

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Conduit Books & Ephemera

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/5/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Conduit Books & Ephemera, and 30 author copies is given annually for a debut poetry collection. Bob Hicok will judge. Submit a manuscript...

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Mudfish

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,200 and publication in Mudfish is given annually for a single poem. Marie Howe will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee ($3...

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Cincinnati Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/21

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

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Bellevue Literary Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/21

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually for a group of poems, a story, and an essay about health, healing, illness,...

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Rattle

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/21
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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