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.

New York Public Library

Cash Prize: $70,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/28/18

Up to 15 fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at...

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University of Massachusetts Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/18

Five prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection...

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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 9/30/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard will be given annually for an essay by a writer who has not published a full-length book in any genre with a nationally...

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/18

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Dzanc Books will be given annually for a book of nonfiction. Memoirs, essay collections, biographies, and works of sociocultural or...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 9/30/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, will be given annually for an essay collection. Using the online submission...

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Literal Latté

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 9/30/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a personal essay. Submit an essay of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($5 for each...

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American Literary Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/1/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system...

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Missouri Review

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/1/18

Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 10/1/18

Four prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, and biography or autobiography (including memoir)...

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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/1/18

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Southern Indiana Review are given annually for a poem, a work of fiction, and a work of creative nonfiction. Aimee...

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American Academy in Berlin

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/5/18

Residential fellowships are given annually to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers to spend an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the...

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A Public Space

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/15/18

Three six-month fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging fiction writers and nonfiction writers who have not published a full-length book. The fellows will...

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Bauhan Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 50 author copies is given annually for an essay collection. Anne Barngrover will judge. Submit a manuscript of 120 to...

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River Teeth

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Phillip Lopate will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150...

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Cloudbank Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Cloudbank Books is given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or a combination of the two. Christopher Buckley will judge....

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Cutthroat

Cash Prize: $1,300
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

Three prizes of $1,300 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Patricia Spears Jones will judge the Joy...

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Tucson Festival of Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel discussion at the...

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Malahat Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 11/1/18

Three prizes of CAD $2,000 (approximately $1,500) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit...

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Briar Cliff Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three...

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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,333
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/18

A prize of $1,333 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $20...

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Washington College

Cash Prize: $45,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/1/18

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is...

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Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/18

A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the...

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Santa Fe Writers Project

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by 2040 Books, an imprint of the Santa Fe Writers Project, will be given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by a...

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