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.

Permafrost

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/28/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Alaska Press is given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. The 2019 prize will be given for a...

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New Millennium Writings

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a work of flash fiction, and a work of creative...

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Chattahoochee Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a story...

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Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

Grants of up to $1,500 each are given in alternating years to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The...

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Crazyhorse

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Erika Meitner will judge in poetry, Rick Bass...

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Iowa Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Kiki Petrosino will judge in...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,100
Entry Fee: $19
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

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

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Ohioana Library Association

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an Ohio fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer age 30 or under who has not published a book. Writers born in Ohio or who have lived...

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Schaffner Press

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that “deals...

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Winter Anthology

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, or an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10...

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Stadler Center for Poetry

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/19

Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given annually to fiction and nonfiction writers...

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Colgate University

Cash Prize: $40,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/19

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $40,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to poets, fiction writers, or...

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Southern Illinois University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/2/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published in the previous year. Each winner will also receive $500 to give a reading...

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Cagibi

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 2/15/19

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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Center for Documentary Studies

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 2/15/19

A prize of $3,000 is given biennially for an essay that demonstrates a “reliance on documentary methods, specifically immersive fieldwork, research, and interviewing conducted...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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