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 South

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/21/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for an essay collection, memoir, or book of narrative nonfiction. Nikki Moustaki will judge. Using the...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

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 fiction or...

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Bellingham Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for...

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Restless Books

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books is given in alternating years for a debut book of fiction or nonfiction by a first-generation immigrant. The 2019 prize...

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Arts & Letters

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. GennaRose Nethercott will judge...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Ginger Murchison will judge in poetry and Pinckney...

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Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society

Cash Prize: $7,500
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 4/1/19

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a novel; a prize of $2,000 is given for a book of nonfiction; three prizes of $1,500 each are given for a short story, a novella, and a...

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The Pinch

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/1/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Emily Skaja will judge in poetry, Amy Bonnaffons...

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Waterston Desert Writing Prize

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/1/19

A prize of $2,500 and a two-week residency at the PLAYA retreat in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a nonfiction work-in-progress that “recognizes the vital role...

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Zone 3 Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/1/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a memoir or essay collection. Submit a manuscript of 120 to 300 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 1...

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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 4/5/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center is given annually for an essay collection. Hanif Abdurraqib will judge. Using the online...

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Oxford American

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/8/19

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $10,000, will be given annually to a writer working on a first book of nonfiction. The fellowship includes housing in a private...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction translated from an Asian language into English and published in the previous year. Publishers...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction translated from Italian into English and published in the previous year. Publishers or translators may...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Publishing is given annually for a book-length work of nonfiction. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10...

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New Ohio Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Tyehimba Jess will judge...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of prose translated from any language into English and published in the previous year. For the...

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DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/26/19

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or hybrid-genre work. Ander...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/19

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Dennis Norris II will judge. Using the online...

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Whiting Foundation

Cash Prize: $40,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/3/19

Up to eight grants of $40,000 each are given annually for creative nonfiction works-in-progress to enable writers to complete their books. Creative nonfiction writers under...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/19

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet to be published in the current year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid weeklong...

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/19

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Each winner also receives a...

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