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.

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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Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship

Cash Prize: $66,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/15/22
Genre: Poetry

An award of approximately $66,500 is given annually to a U.S. poet for a year of travel and study outside of North America. Submit either two copies of up to 40 pages of poetry...

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Silverfish Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a...

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Copper Nickel

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Amaud Jamaul Johnson will judge. Using only the online...

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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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Alice James Books

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/16/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet residing in the United States. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages...

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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/17/22

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Fall/Winter issue of TulipTree Review is given annually for a humorous poem, story, or essay. Submit a poem of up to 100 lines...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 10/17/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction. Michelle Ruiz Keil will judge. Submit a...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 10/17/22

Six prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to honor books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, U. S. history, biography, and memoir or autobiography published in the...

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John Pollard Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,732
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/18/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €10,000 (approximately $10,732) is given annually for a debut poetry collection published during the current year. Publishers may submit a book published between...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 10/24/22
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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Changes Press

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/31/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Changes Press will be given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The winner will also receive a book launch in spring 2024 in...

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Cloudbank Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/22

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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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/22
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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Conduit Books & Ephemera

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/22
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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Persea Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/22
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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Tucson Festival of Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/22

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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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/22
Genre: Poetry

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

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/22

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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University of North Texas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/22
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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Poetry Society of the United Kingdom

Cash Prize: $6,108
Entry Fee: $9
Application Deadline: 10/31/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $6,108) 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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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Christopher Citro will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Bedford Competition

Cash Prize: $1,254
Entry Fee: $9
Application Deadline: 10/31/22
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of £1,000 each (approximately $1,254) and publication in the Bedford Competition anthology will be given annually for a poem and a short story. Jessica Mookherjee will...

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River Teeth

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 10/31/22

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

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PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/31/22
Genre: Fiction

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

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