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.

F(r)iction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/29/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given twice a year for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 1,001 to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by October 29....

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 10/30/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novel by a queer writer. Kazim Ali will judge. Using only the online...

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River Teeth

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 10/31/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Rigoberto González will judge. Using only the online...

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Poetry Society of the United Kingdom

Cash Prize: $7,075
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $7,075) and publication on the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom website is given annually for a single poem. A second-place prize of £2,000...

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American Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
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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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Major Jackson will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Rotary Club of Stratford

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 will be given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 2,500 words by October 31. There is no entry fee....

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Poetry

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

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Esther Lee will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $30 entry...

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Saturnalia Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Saturnalia Books will be given annually for a translation of a poetry collection. Translators who identify as female (including those who...

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Persea Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a first poetry collection by a writer who identifies as a woman and who is currently living in the...

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PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the current year. Four finalists will each receive $5,000. The winner and finalists will also be...

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Tucson Festival of Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/21

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also receive scholarships to attend a workshop on the...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press is given annually for an essay collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of any length, a...

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Conduit Books & Ephemera

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Conduit Books & Ephemera, and 30 author copies is given annually for a book of poetry. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48...

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University of North Texas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of...

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Finishing Line Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 16 to 36 pages with a $15 entry fee by October 31. All...

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Cloudbank Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Cloudbank Books is given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or a combination of the two. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 90...

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a novel, short story collection, novella, or novella collection. U.S. writers who have not...

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Brick Road Poetry Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 11/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Brick Road Poetry Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Keith Badowski and Olivia Ivings will judge. Using...

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Briar Cliff Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/21

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

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Malahat Review

Cash Prize: $1,650
Entry Fee: $33
Application Deadline: 11/1/21

Three prizes of CAD $2,000 (approximately $1,622) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using only the...

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a novel, short story collection, novella, or...

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Nina Riggs Poetry Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem that examines relationships, family, or domestic life that was published in a book or magazine in the last three years....

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/12/21
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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