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.

Tucson Festival of Books

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

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also receive scholarships to attend a workshop at the...

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River Teeth

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 10/31/20

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

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Red Hen Press

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or an essay collection by a queer writer. Amber Flame will judge....

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Briar Cliff Review

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

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 poems...

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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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Reed Magazine

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

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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Malahat Review

Cash Prize: $1,490
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 11/1/20

Three prizes of CAD $2,000 (approximately $1,490) 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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Cloudbank Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/10/20

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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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/20

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been rejected by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes “worthy manuscripts that...

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Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/20

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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Narrative

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 11/19/20

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of fiction or creative...

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Nowhere Magazine

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “possesses a powerful sense of place.” Porter...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 11/30/20

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A second-...

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Quarter After Eight

Cash Prize: $1,008
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/20

A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight is given annually for a prose poem, a short short story, or a micro-essay. Using only the online submission...

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/20

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines...

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Friends of American Writers 

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/10/20

A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who...

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Bauhan Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/15/20

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

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Before Columbus Foundation

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/20

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s...

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Cleveland Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/20

Three to four prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/20

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Florida Review is given annually for a chapbook of short fiction, short nonfiction, or graphic narrative. Submit a manuscript of...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/20

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by African...

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Mississippi Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 1/1/21

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Current or former University of Southern...

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North Carolina Writers’ Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/2/21

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or an essay that “conveys the rich and varied existence of Black North Carolinians.” The winning entry will be considered...

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San José State University

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/2/21

Yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $15,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and creative...

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Leon Levy Center for Biography

Cash Prize: $72,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/4/21

Four fellowships of $72,000, writing space at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, access to research facilities, and research assistance from a graduate student will be...

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