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.

TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in TulipTree Review will be given annually for a story of genre fiction. Stories in the genres of mystery, crime, romance, science...

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Writer’s Digest

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and travel and lodging expenses for a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. The winner will also...

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/19

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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Perugia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a woman. Submit a manuscript of 45 to 85 pages with a $27 entry...

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Yale University Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Poetry

An award of publication by Yale University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has not published a full-length book of poetry. Carl Phillips will...

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Pleiades Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. The winner...

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Washington Writers Publishing House

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers Publishing House, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press will be given annually for a novel. Hidden River Press staff will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit...

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Sonora Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 11/15/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sonora Review is given annually for a work of short prose on a theme. This year’s theme is “Encounter.” Hybrid work is encouraged...

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Washington College

Cash Prize: $45,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/19

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is...

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Nightboat Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Nightboat Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Kazim Ali will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Pleiades Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/19

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press is given annually for a collection of short stories, short short...

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Sonora Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/15/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sonora Review is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction on a theme. This year’s theme is “Encounter.” Hybrid work is...

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North American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in North American Review is given annually for a poem. Using only the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $23...

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The Story Prize

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $20,000 is given annually for a short story collection written in English and first published in the United States in the previous year. Two runners-up will receive...

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, novella, or collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who has...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/17/19

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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Cider Press Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Lesley Wheeler will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a single poem. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems with a...

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University of North Texas

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. The winner will also receive airfare and lodging to give...

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Dappled Things

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 and publication in Dappled Things is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of...

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Beloit Poetry Journal

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Beloit Poetry Journal, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Using only the online...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 11/30/19

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 prose. A second-...

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Munster Literature Center

Cash Prize: $2,219
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,219), publication in Southword, and a weeklong residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, is given annually...

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Brunel University London

Cash Prize: $3,668
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,668) is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who was born in Africa, is a national of an African country, or whose parents are...

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