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.

Pittsburg State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Pittsburg State University, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Marcus Wicker will judge. Submit a manuscript of 15...

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Gaudy Boy Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 5/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Gaudy Boy, an imprint of the literary nonprofit Singapore Unbound, is given annually for a poetry collection by an Asian writer. Cyril Wong...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 5/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living poet published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives an all-expenses...

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Ruminate

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a single poem. Katie Peterson will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up to two...

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/20

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Each winner also receives a...

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American Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem by a poet under the age of 40. The editors will judge. Submit up to...

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Carve

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 5/15/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Carve is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic submissions...

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University of Nebraska Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by University of Nebraska Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. An honorable mention prize of $1,000 and...

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Center for Documentary Studies

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $70
Application Deadline: 5/15/20

A prize of $10,000 and publication in the Center for Documentary Studies digital periodical is given annually for a documentary project that incorporates images and text in any...

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New Letters

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/18/20

Three prizes of $2,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to six poems or a story or...

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Milkweed Editions

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually to a U.S. poet for a debut poetry collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Gival Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 5/30/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Gival Press is given biennially for a novel. Submit a manuscript of 30,000 to 100,000 words with a $50 entry fee by May 30. Visit the...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 5/31/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Christy Stillwell will judge. Submit a...

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Southern Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. Submit three to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20...

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Oversound

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 5/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Oversound, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. francine j. harris will judge. Using only the online...

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University of Georgia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Roxane Gay will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Anhinga Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 5/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee ($...

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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a short story collection. Peter Conners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 90 to 200 pages with a $25...

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Bridport Arts Centre

Cash Prize: $6,450
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/31/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $6,450) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. Two second-place prizes of £1,...

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Stony Brook Southampton

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story by a college student. The winner also receives a full scholarship to attend the Southampton Writers Conference in July,...

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Salamander

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Salamander is given annually for a short story. Elliot Ackerman will judge. Submit a story of up to 30 pages with a $15 entry fee...

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American Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 2,000 to 6,...

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PEN America

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/1/20

A grant of $10,000 will be given annually for a nonfiction work-in-progress that “uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement.” Using only the...

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PEN America

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/1/20

Grants of $2,000 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 appeared...

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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 6/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed...

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