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.

Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing

Cash Prize: $1,600
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/21/18

Two prizes valued at $1,600 each will be given annually to a poet and fiction writer to attend a weeklong residency at the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing....

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 4/23/18
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: 4/27/18

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: $2,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 4/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies of the prize issue is given three times a year for a very short story. Using the online submission system...

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Christopher G. Moore Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,340
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/18

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,340) will be given in alternating years for a book of fiction or nonfiction published in the previous year that "contributes to the...

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Nimrod International Journal

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/18
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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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/18
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 editors will judge...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $21
Application Deadline: 4/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story. A $1,000 second-place prize is also given....

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/18

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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Leapfrog Press

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $33
Application Deadline: 5/1/18
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. Marie-Helene Bertino and the Leapfrog editors will...

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Southwest Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/18
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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Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society

Cash Prize: $7,500
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 5/1/18

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a novel. A prize of $2,000 is given for a book of nonfiction; three prizes of $1,500 each are given for a short story, a novella, and a...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/18

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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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/18

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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Center for Documentary Studies

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $70
Application Deadline: 5/15/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

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

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Crook's Corner Book Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 5/15/18
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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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 5/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Publishing will be given annually for a book-length work of speculative fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Carve Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/15/18
Genre: Fiction

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

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/18

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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Del Sol Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500, publication by Del Sol Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first novel. Robert Olen Butler will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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National Book Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $135
Application Deadline: 5/16/18

Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United...

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New Letters

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/18/18

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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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 5/31/18
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. Amina Gautier will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/18
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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University of Georgia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/18
Genre: Fiction

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

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