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.

Arts & Letters

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

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Cate Marvin will judge in...

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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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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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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using only...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 3/31/20

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of fiction or...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 3/31/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $8 entry fee by...

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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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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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Hub City Press

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Hub City Press is given annually for a short story collection. Writers who have not published a book in any genre and who have lived in...

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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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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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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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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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F(r)iction

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

A prize of $1,000 is given three times a year for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 1,000 to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by April...

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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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Pen Parentis

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/17/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Dreamers Magazine is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The winner also receives...

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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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Moment Magazine–Karma Foundation

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

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a story that relates to Judaism or Jewish culture or history. The winning story will be considered for publication in Moment Magazine...

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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 fiction or nonfiction translated from Italian into English and published in the previous year. Publishers or translators may...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 4/23/20
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 only the online submission system, submit up to...

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DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/27/20

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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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
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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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/20

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Dennis Norris II will judge. Using only the online...

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Bristol Short Story Prize

Cash Prize: $1,310
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,310) and publication in Bristol Short Stories Prize Anthology Volume 13 will be given annually for a short story. Billy Kahora,...

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