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.

Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a humorous poem. Jendi Reiter will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit...

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Orison Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/1/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by Orison Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. Katie Ford will judge in poetry and Samrat Upadhyay...

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a single poem. Blas Falconer will judge. Using only the online submission system,...

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Zone 3 Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a debut poetry collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 80...

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Saturnalia Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Saturnalia Books, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Diane Seuss will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Using only the online submission...

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New South

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/1/20

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Paige Lewis will judge in poetry and Kristen Arnett will...

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Hub City Press

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Hub City Press is given annually for a short story collection. Writers who have not published a book in any genre and who have lived in...

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Nimrod International Journal

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/1/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for works of poetry and short fiction. A runner-up in each category...

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Waterston Desert Writing Prize

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/1/20

A prize of $2,500 and a two-week residency at the PLAYA artists and scientists' retreat in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a nonfiction work-in-progress that “...

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Oberon

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/10/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Oberon is given annually for a single poem. Submit up to three poems with an $18 entry fee, which includes an issue of Oberon...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 4/13/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in OmniVerse, Omnidawn Publishing’s online journal, is given annually for a single poem. The winner also receives 50 copies of a...

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Slope Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Slope Editions is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 90 pages with a $22 entry fee ($25 for electronic...

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New Ohio Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/20

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Ada Limón will judge in...

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Spoon River Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Spoon River Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry fee...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/20

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Publishing is given annually for a book-length work of nonfiction. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission...

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F(r)iction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/15/20
Genre: Fiction

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

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Yemassee

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/15/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 and publication in Yemassee will be given annually for a poem and a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/15/20

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

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University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/16/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a writer of Arab heritage. Series editors Hayan...

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Cave Canem Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/17/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Northwestern University Press is given biennially for a second book of poetry by a Black poet of African descent. Parneshia Jones and Lyrae...

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Pen Parentis

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/17/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Dreamers Magazine is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The winner also receives...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/20/20

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of poetry or a text from Zen Buddhism translated from an Asian language into English and published in the previous year....

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/20/20

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction translated from Italian into English and published in the previous year. Publishers or translators may...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 4/20/20

Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of prose translated from any language into English and published in the previous year. For the...

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