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.

Banipal Trust for Arab Literature

Cash Prize: $3,945
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,945) 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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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 3/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center is given annually for a poetry collection. Randall Mann will judge. Using only the online...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Sarah Kennedy will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,100
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,100) and publication in the 2020 Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to read at the...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/20
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 only the online submission system, submit up to...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/31/20

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Adrian Rice will judge in poetry and Wendy J. Fox...

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/1/20
Genre: Poetry

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

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/1/20
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 only the online submission...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/1/20
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 only the online submission system, submit...

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Saturnalia Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/1/20
Genre: Poetry

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

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New South

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/1/20

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Paige Lewis will judge in poetry and Kristen Arnett will...

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Nimrod International Journal

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/1/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for works of poetry and short fiction. A runner-up in each category...

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Zone 3 Press

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a debut poetry collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 80...

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Orison Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/1/20
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. Katie Ford will judge in poetry and Samrat Upadhyay...

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Oberon

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/10/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Oberon is given annually for a single poem. Submit up to three poems with an $18 entry fee, which includes an issue of Oberon...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 4/13/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in OmniVerse, Omnidawn Publishing’s online journal, is given annually for a single poem. The winner also receives 50 copies of a...

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New Ohio Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/20

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Ada Limón will judge in...

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Spoon River Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Spoon River Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry fee...

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Yemassee

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/15/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 and publication in Yemassee will be given annually for a poem and a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/15/20

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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Slope Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Slope Editions is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 90 pages with a $22 entry fee ($25 for electronic...

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University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/16/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a writer of Arab heritage. Series editors Hayan...

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Cave Canem Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/17/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Northwestern University Press is given biennially for a second book of poetry by a Black poet of African descent. Parneshia Jones and Lyrae...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 4/20/20

Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of prose translated from any language into English and published in the previous year. For the...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/20/20

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of poetry or a text from Zen Buddhism translated from an Asian language into English and published in the previous year....

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