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.

Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 4/23/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five...

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DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/26/19

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or hybrid-genre work. Ander...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given for a short story about families of any configuration. Using the...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/19

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Dennis Norris II will judge. Using the online...

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Nimrod International Journal

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
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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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print...

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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Ghost Story website is given twice yearly for a short story with a supernatural or magic realism theme. The winning work will...

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Southwest Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a full-length book of fiction. Submit a...

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Bristol Short Story Prize

Cash Prize: $1,300
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 5/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,300) is given annually for a short story. The winning story and nineteen shortlisted stories will be published in the Bristol Short...

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Leapfrog Press

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $33
Application Deadline: 5/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or a novella. Ramona Ausubel and the Leapfrog editors will judge....

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/19

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Each winner also receives a...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/19

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet to be published in the current year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid weeklong...

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Center for Documentary Studies

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $70
Application Deadline: 5/15/19

A prize of $10,000 and publication in the Center for Documentary Studies digital periodical is given annually for a documentary project that incorporates images and text in any...

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National Book Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $135
Application Deadline: 5/15/19

Four prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to honor books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and young people’s literature written by U.S. writers and published in the United...

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Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts is given annually for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/19

Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction...

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Crook’s Corner Book Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a debut novel set in the American South. The winner is also entitled to receive a free glass of wine every day for a year at Crook’s...

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Carve

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Carve is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic submissions...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Publishing is given annually for a book-length work of speculative fiction. The editors will judge. Using the online...

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New Letters

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/20/19

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Submit up to six poems or a story of up to 8,000...

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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/23/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in TulipTree Review will be given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that tells a story. Writers who have not published...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
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. Gary Fincke will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

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University of Georgia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
Genre: Fiction

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

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Bridport Arts Centre

Cash Prize: $6,430
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $6,430) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. Two second-place prizes of £1,...

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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
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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