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.

Writer’s Digest

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 6/7/21

A prize of $5,000, an interview in Writer’s Digest, and an all-expenses paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference held in New York City in July is given...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 6/14/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Rae Armantrout will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 40...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 6/15/21

Five prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers for books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, U.S. history, and biography or autobiography (including memoir...

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University of Akron Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Erika Meitner will judge. Using only the online submission system,...

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New American Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500, publication by New American Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a book of fiction. Kristen Arnett will judge. Using only the online submission...

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42 Miles Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by 42 Miles Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Indiana University in South...

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Western Connecticut State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/21

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in the previous year. The winners also receive $500 in travel expenses to...

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Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/15/21

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner...

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Bitter Oleander Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee between May 1...

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Maine Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/17/21

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, a creative nonfiction writer, or a writer working in a genre beyond these categories who has lived...

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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/25/21

Three prizes are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer to honor their first books. The winners each receive an all-expenses paid trip to...

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Barrow Street Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. A. Van Jordan will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25...

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Los Angeles Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/30/21

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Francesca Bell will...

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Cider Press Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 6/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. 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: 6/30/21
Genre: Fiction

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

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 6/30/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction (and a synopsis if...

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Twyckenham Notes

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Twyckenham Notes will be given annually for a poem or group of poems. The editors will judge. Submit up to seven poems with a $20...

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Writer’s Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a first novel published in the previous calendar year. Publishers or authors may submit three copies of a novel published in 2020 by...

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University of Pittsburgh Press

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Writers who have published at least one previous book...

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Bard College

Cash Prize: $30,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give...

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The Moth

Cash Prize: $3,623
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 6/30/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,623) is given annually for a short story. A prize of a weeklong retreat at Circle of Missé in Missé, France, with a €250 (approximately $301...

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Bauhan Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Meg Kearney will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $65
Application Deadline: 6/30/21

A grand prize of $5,000 and seven additional prizes of $1,000 each given annually for self-published books of poetry, fiction, genre fiction, creative nonfiction, children’s...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/30/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review online and in print is given annually for a work of flash fiction. Previously published stories are eligible. Using...

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Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Cash Prize: $51,078
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/21
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of CAD $65,000 (approximately $51,078) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator...

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