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.

Center for Fiction

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/30/22
Genre: Fiction

Nine fellowships of $5,000 each, a one-year membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and a year of access to the Writers Studio writing space at the center are...

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Gival Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 5/30/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Gival Press is given biennially for a novel. Submit a manuscript of 30,000 to 100,000 words with a $50 entry fee by May 30. Visit the...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 5/31/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Anthony E. Varallo will judge. Using only the...

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Bridport Arts Centre

Cash Prize: $6,759
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 5/31/22
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $6,759) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. A second-place prize of £1,000...

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Writer’s Center

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/31/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 is given annually for a first novel published in the previous calendar year. Publishers or authors may submit three copies of a novel published in 2021 by May...

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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a short story collection. Peter Conners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 90 to 200 pages with a $25...

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Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/22

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 Georgia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Lori Ostlund will judge. Using only the online submission...

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American Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/1/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 2,000 to 6,...

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Salamander

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/1/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Salamander is given annually for a short story. Jamie Quatro will judge. Submit a story of up to 30 pages with a $15 entry fee...

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Writer’s Digest

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/6/22

A prize of $5,000, an interview in Writers Digest, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Annual Conference held in New York City during...

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Western Connecticut State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/13/22

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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Bard College

Cash Prize: $30,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give...

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New American Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500, publication by New American Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a book of fiction. Weike Wang will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Towson University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/22

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a current resident of Maryland who has lived in the state for at least three years...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 6/15/22

Five prizes of $15,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, U.S. history, and biography or autobiography (including memoir) first published...

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Maine Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/16/22

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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Willow Springs Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/24/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Willow Springs Books is given annually for a short story collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of three...

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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/25/22

Three prizes are given annually for first books by a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer. The winners each receive an all-expenses-paid trip to several of...

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University of North Texas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/30/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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The Moth

Cash Prize: $3,423
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 6/30/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,423) is given annually for a short story. A prize of a weeklong retreat at Circle of Misse in Missé, France, with a €250 (approximately $285...

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University of Pittsburgh Press

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Writers who have published at least one previous book...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 6/30/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction (and a synopsis if...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/30/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review online and in print is given annually for a work of flash fiction. Previously published stories are eligible. Using...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $8,000
Entry Fee: $70
Application Deadline: 6/30/22

A grand prize of $8,000 and seven additional prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for self-published books of poetry, fiction, genre fiction, creative nonfiction, children’...

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