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.

TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/23/19

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 about “women who are the...

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Cagibi

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 2/24/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Cagibi will be given annually for a group of poems, a story, and an essay. Major Jackson will judge in poetry, Chantel...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a woman. Elizabeth Bradfield will judge. Using the online submission...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,100
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 2/28/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,100) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. Pamela Painter will judge. Submit a story...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 2/28/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short short story. Using the online submission...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $21
Application Deadline: 2/28/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 is...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/28/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry e-book and a fiction e-book by an African American writer self-published in the United States during the previous year....

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Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Cash Prize: $5,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/28/19

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500...

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Mad Creek Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/19

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Mad Creek Books, the trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a collection of short prose. Nick White will judge...

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Hunger Mountain

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/1/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Hunger Mountain website are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Natalie Diaz will judge in...

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University of Wisconsin

Cash Prize: $38,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 3/1/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of at least $38,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to at least five writers working on a...

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Selected Shorts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop is given annually for a short story. The winning work will be...

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Mississippi Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/19

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in...

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Alabama State Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/19

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 3/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press is given annually for a book of historical fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a story collection, a...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/19

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...

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Colorado Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/14/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Joan Silber will judge. Submit a story of 2,500 to 12,500 words with a $15...

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James Jones Literary Society

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work will be published in ...

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Prairie Schooner

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. An editorial board will...

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F(r)iction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/15/19
Genre: Fiction

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

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Washington College

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/19

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is given annually to a novelist or nonfiction writer working on a book relating to the literature, history, culture, or art...

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Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $100
Application Deadline: 3/15/19

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that “foster peace,...

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The Writer’s Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Authors, publishers, or agents may submit three copies of a novel...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 3/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Sowilo Press is given annually for a book of fiction by a woman writer over the age of 40. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Sonora Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/15/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems and a short story. The 2019 contest theme is “Doubt.” Raquel...

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