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.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Cash Prize: $50,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/16/19

Fellowships of approximately $50,000 each are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise....

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Travelers’ Tales

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/21/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the biannual anthology The Best Travel Writing and on the Travelers’ Tales website is given annually for a travel essay. Writers...

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American Academy in Berlin

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/23/19

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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New York Public Library

Cash Prize: $75,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/27/19

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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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 9/30/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is 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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University of Massachusetts Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/19

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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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 9/30/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review will be given annually for an essay. The winner and finalists will also be published in the 2020 Lascaux Prize...

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Literal Latté

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 9/30/19

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...

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American Literary Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/1/19

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 only the online submission...

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Missouri Review

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/1/19

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: 10/1/19

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

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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/1/19

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. José...

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A Public Space

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/15/19

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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Tucson Festival of Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/19

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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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 10/31/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press is given annually for an essay collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of any length...

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Cloudbank Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/19

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. Holly Karapetkova will judge....

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River Teeth

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 10/31/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Bret Lott will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Cutthroat

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/19

Three prizes of $1,200 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Using only the online submission system...

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Briar Cliff Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/19

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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Malahat Review

Cash Prize: $1,520
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 11/1/19

Three prizes of CAD $2,000 (approximately $1,520) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay....

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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,333
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/19

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

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Washington College

Cash Prize: $45,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/1/19

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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Sustainable Arts Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/28/20

Up to twenty awards of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one child under the age of...

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