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.

Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 8/31/20

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a work of short prose. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to 500...

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Black Warrior Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/1/20

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Paul Tran will judge in poetry, Lucy...

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American-Scandinavian Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/1/20

A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a work of poetry, fiction, or creative...

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Dogwood

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 9/5/20

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Dogwood are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10...

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Gotham Book Prize

Cash Prize: $50,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/1/20

A prize of $50,000 will be given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction about New York City or that takes place in New York City published in the current year....

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