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.

Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a woman. Elizabeth Bradfield will judge. Using the online submission...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28. All...

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Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Cash Prize: $5,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/28/19

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $21
Application Deadline: 2/28/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 is...

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National Poetry Series

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/28/19
Genre: Poetry

Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers include Beacon...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/28/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry e-book and a fiction e-book by an African American writer self-published in the United States during the previous year....

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Airlie Press

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Airlie Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 3/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press is given annually for a book of historical fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a story collection, a...

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Mississippi Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/19

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in...

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Broadside Lotus Press

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript of 60 to 90...

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Hunger Mountain

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

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Hunger Mountain website are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Natalie Diaz will judge in...

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Mad Creek Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/19

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Mad Creek Books, the trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a collection of short prose. Nick White will judge...

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Ahsahta Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Ahsahta Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Boise State University are...

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Selected Shorts

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

A prize of $1,000 and tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop is given annually for a short story. The winning work will be...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/19

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...

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Alabama State Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/19

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using...

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42 Miles Press

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

A prize of $1,000, publication by 42 Miles Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Indiana University in South...

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University of Wisconsin

Cash Prize: $38,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 3/1/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of at least $38,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to at least five writers working on a...

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Persea Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/7/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published at least one book of poetry. Using the online...

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Colorado Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/14/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Joan Silber will judge. Submit a story of 2,500 to 12,500 words with a $15...

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The Writer’s Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Authors, publishers, or agents may submit three copies of a novel...

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Prairie Schooner

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. An editorial board will...

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Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 3/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an unpublished poem. Brenda Hillman will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March...

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James Jones Literary Society

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work will be published in ...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 3/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Sowilo Press is given annually for a book of fiction by a woman writer over the age of 40. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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