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.

American-Scandinavian Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/20

A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a work of poetry, fiction, or creative...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 6/15/20
Genre: Poetry

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

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Maine Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/18/20

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. The...

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Mexico

Cash Prize: $150,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/22/20

A prize of $150,000 is given annually to honor the lifetime achievement of a poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer who writes in Catalan, French, Galician,...

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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/25/20

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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Artist Trust

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/29/20

Grants of $1,500 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are residents of Washington State. Students enrolled in a degree-granting program...

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Cider Press Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 6/30/20
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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Bauhan Publishing

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

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Nils Michals will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80...

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University of North Texas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/30/20
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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Feminist Press/TAYO Literary Magazine

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/20

A prize of $5,000 and publication by the Feminist Press is given annually for a debut book of fiction or narrative nonfiction by a woman of color or a nonbinary writer of color...

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Autumn House Press

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

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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Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Cash Prize: $48,750
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/20
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of CAD $65,000 (approximately $48,750) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator...

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Barrow Street Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/30/20
Genre: Poetry

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

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University of Pittsburgh Press

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/20
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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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 6/30/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using only the online submission...

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Conduit Books & Ephemera

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Conduit Books & Ephemera, and 30 author copies is given annually for a debut poetry collection. Bob Hicok will judge. Using only the...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/30/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a work of flash fiction. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three stories...

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The Moth

Cash Prize: $3,270
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 6/30/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,270) is given annually for a short story. A prize of a weeklong retreat at Circle of Missé in Missé, France, with a €250 (approximately $272...

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Finishing Line Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 6/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook by a woman who has not yet published a full-length collection. Leah Maines...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $65
Application Deadline: 6/30/20

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

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Writer’s Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/20
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 2019 by...

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Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 7/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website is given annually for a single poem that explores “positive visions of peace and the human spirit...

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Claremont Graduate University

Cash Prize: $100,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/1/20
Genre: Poetry

The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner spends one week in residence at Claremont Graduate...

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Prairie Heritage, Inc.

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/1/20

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that “illuminates the heritage of North America’s mid-...

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Futurepoem

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 7/1/20

A prize of $1,000, publication by Futurepoem, and 25 author copies will be given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid-genre work. The editors will...

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