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.

Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Autumn House Press is given biennially for a debut poetry collection. The winner will also receive a $500 grant for travel and book...

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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a first book of poetry by a U.S. resident. Stephanie Burt will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100...

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White Pine Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 80 pages with a $20 entry fee by...

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Green Linden Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Green Linden Press will be given annually for a book of poetry “that challenges expectations of genre, form, or mode” and that “questions...

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University of North Texas

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. U.S. poets who have previously published at least two poetry...

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Munster Literature Center

Cash Prize: $2,344
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 11/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,344) and publication in Southword is given annually for a single poem. Submit a poem of up to 40 lines with a €7 (approximately $8)...

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit...

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Slipstream Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Slipstream Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 40 pages...

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/21

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines...

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Waywiser Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $29
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by the Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous collection. The winner...

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Five Points

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Five Points is given annually for a group of poems. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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Hawai’i Council for the Humanities

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 will be given biennially to a poet with a body of work that “pushes the boundaries of poetic craft” who also “contributes meaningfully to the literary...

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African Poetry Book Fund

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press in conjunction with Amalion Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection by an African poet. Writers...

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Meadowlark Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Meadowlark Books, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry book. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at...

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Ohio University Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Ohio University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 95 pages with a $30 entry fee by December 1....

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Commonwealth Club of California

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/15/21

Five prizes of $5,000 are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, a first book of fiction, a book of creative nonfiction, and a book of fiction or nonfiction...

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Center for Book Arts

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive 10 copies of their chapbook and an...

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Nowhere

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/21

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

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Silverfish Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/21/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a...

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Codhill Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. James Sherwood will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70...

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Before Columbus Foundation

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/21

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s...

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Crosswinds

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Crosswinds is given annually for a single poem. Chard deNiord will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/21

Four prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by African...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Massachusetts Museum of...

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Moth

Cash Prize: $7,032
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €6,000 (approximately $7,032) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a single poem. Three runner-up prizes of €1,000 (approximately $1,172) each...

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