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 Letters

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/20/24

Three prizes of $2,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using only the online submission system, submit up...

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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/25/24

Three prizes are given annually for first books by a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer. The winners each receive an all-expenses-paid trip to several of...

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John D. Voelker Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/24

A prize of $2,500 and publication in American Fly Fisher as well as on the John D. Voelker Foundation and the American Museum of Fly Fishing websites will be given...

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Michigan Quarterly Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/31/24

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Michigan Quarterly Review will be given annually for an essay or a work of nonfiction in hybrid form. Elizabeth Goodenough will...

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PEN America

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/1/24

Two grants of $15,000 are given annually for nonfiction works-in-progress that “use oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement.” Using only the online...

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PEN America

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/1/24

Two grants of $5,000 each will be given annually for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction works-in-progress “by immigrant and refugee writers, recognizing that the literature of...

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PEN America

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/1/24

Ten grants of $3,000 to $4,000 each are given annually to support the translation of book-length works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that have not previously...

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Interlochen Center for the Arts

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/1/24

A prize of $25,000 and a weeklong residency at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan, will be given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction published in...

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Western Connecticut State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/14/24

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in the previous year. The winners also receive $500 in travel expenses and...

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Tusculum Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/15/24

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tusculum Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook, a short story, or an essay. This year’s prize will be awarded in nonfiction...

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Towson University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/24

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a current resident of Maryland who has lived in the state for at least three years...

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Artist Trust

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/21/24

Grants of $1,500 each will be given annually to poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are residents of Washington State. Students enrolled in a degree-granting...

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Kinsman Quarterly

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/30/24

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Kinsman Quarterly will be given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short short story, a short story, or an essay on a theme...

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Bellevue Literary Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/1/24

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay about health, healing, illness, the...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $79
Application Deadline: 7/1/24

A grand prize of $10,000 and additional prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for self-published and hybrid-published books (works published by presses that coordinate all...

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Maine Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/3/24

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, a creative nonfiction writer, or a writer working in a genre outside these categories who is a...

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Cincinnati Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/24

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Cincinnati Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Erica Dawson will judge in poetry, Michael...

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