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.

University of Iowa Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee:
Application Deadline: 9/30/22
Genre: Fiction

Two prizes of publication by University of Iowa Press are given annually for first collections of short fiction. Submit a manuscript of at least 150 pages by September 30....

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Hackney Literary Awards

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines...

New York Public Library

Cash Prize: $75,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/30/22

Fifteen fellowships are given annually to artists, academics, and creative writers, including poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators, whose work...

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University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Patricia Smith will judge. Using only the online submission system...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/30/22
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $3,000 each, two-year gift certificates for membership to the literary database Duotrope, and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a...

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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 9/30/22

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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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Dzanc Books is given annually for a novel. Blair Austin, Angel Khoury, and Josip Novakovich will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/30/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500, publication on the Ghost Story website and in the Ghost Story print anthology series, 21st Century Ghost Stories, is given twice yearly for a...

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Diode Editions

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Diode Editions, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner will also have select poems from their book...

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Connecticut Poetry Society

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 9/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Connecticut River Review will be given annually for a poem. Charles Rafferty will judge. Using only the online submission system,...

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Texas Review Press

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000, publication by Texas Review Press, and 20 author copies will be given annually for a poetry collection. Kimiko Hahn will judge. Using only the online...

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University of Mississippi

Cash Prize: $12,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/30/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $12,000 is given annually for a novel published during the calendar year that asks readers “to engage with or reflect on the complexities of the American South.” The...

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Dzanc Books is given annually for a story collection. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript...

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Texas Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/30/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Texas Review Press, and 20 author copies will be given annually for a short story collection or novel. Vi Khi Nao will judge. Using only the...

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California State University in Fresno

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 9/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Anhinga Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Juan Felipe Herrera will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $22...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 9/30/22

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an essay. The winner and finalists will also be published on the Lascaux Review website and in the journal’s print annual....

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University of Mississippi

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 is given annually for a single poem that evokes the American South. The winner will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Oxford, Mississippi, for the...

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Missouri Review

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/1/22

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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African Poetry Book Fund

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/1/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry by an African poet published in the previous year. Writers who were born in Africa, who are a national or a resident of...

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American Literary Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/1/22

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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Zoetrope: All-Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/1/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope: All-Story website is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists are considered for representation by...

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Georgia Writers

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/1/22

Three grants of $500 each will be given annually in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to “elevate, encourage, and inspire the voices of Black writers in Georgia.” Grantees will...

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American Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/1/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by American Poetry Review is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winning book will be distributed by Copper Canyon Press...

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Mad Creek Books

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 10/10/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Mad Creek Books, the literary trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a poetry collection. Marcus Jackson will...

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San Diego Entertainment & Arts Guild

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/15/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in San Diego Poetry Annual is given annually for a single poem. The winner will also receive an invitation to read at an award ceremony...

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