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.

New York State Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/17/24

Grants of $10,000 each will be given annually to poets, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, and translators who are residents of New York State and are sponsored by an...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 7/18/24
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem or group of poems. The poetry editors will judge. Using only the online submission system,...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 7/24/24
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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Red Wheelbarrow

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 7/31/24
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Red Wheelbarrow is given annually for a single poem. The winner also receives 20 copies of a letterpress broadside of the winning...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 7/31/24

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a work of flash fiction, a short story, a graphic story, an essay, a memoir, or an excerpt from a...

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Press 53 

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/31/24
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Press 53, and 53 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Tom Lombardo will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 120 pages with...

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Anthology Magazine 

Cash Prize: $1,088
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/24
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,088) and publication in Anthology Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Connecticut Poetry Society

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 7/31/24
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Connecticut River Review is given annually for an innovative poem. Claire Donato will judge. Using only the online submission system...

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Sewanee Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/31/24

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sewanee Review are given annually for a single poem or group of poems, a short story, and a creative nonfiction essay....

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PEN America

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/24

Two grants of $5,000 each will be given annually for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction works-in-progress “by immigrant and refugee writers, recognizing that the literature of...

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Prairie Schooner

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/1/24

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Prairie Schooner will be given annually for an essay. Submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee by August 1. Visit...

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PEN America

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/24

Ten grants of $3,000 to $4,000 each are given annually to support the translation of book-length works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that have not previously...

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PEN America

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/24

Two grants of $15,000 are given annually for nonfiction works-in-progress that “use oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement.” Using only the online...

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Delaware Division of the Arts

Cash Prize: $8,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/24

Established Professional Fellowships of $8,000 each and Emerging Artist Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to at least four poets, fiction writers, and creative...

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Radar Poetry

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/1/24
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Radar Poetry is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who identifies as a woman. Using only the online submission system,...

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Granum Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/24

A prize of $5,000 is given annually to a poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to support the completion of a manuscript-in-progress. Up to three finalists will...

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Aspen Words

Cash Prize: $35,000
Entry Fee: $105
Application Deadline: 8/7/24
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $35,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published in the current year that “illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power...

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Gival Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/8/24
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Gival Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 5,000 to 15,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 8....

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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/9/24

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “tells a story that needs to be told.” The winner also receives a two-year subscription to the...

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Literary Arts

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/9/24

Fellowships of $3,500 each are given annually to aid Oregon writers in initiating, developing, or completing literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction....

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Grayson Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 8/15/24
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Grayson Books, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Chase Twichell will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Futurepoem

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 8/15/24

A prize of $1,000, publication by Futurepoem, and 25 author copies is given annually for a book of innovative poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or hybrid work “that...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 8/16/24
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Katy Peterson will judge. Using only the online...

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Masters Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/25/24
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Masters Review is given annually for a short story by an emerging writer. Writers who have not published a book, self-published...

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University of New Orleans Press

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 8/31/24
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 and publication by University of New Orleans Press is given annually for a short story collection or novel. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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