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.

Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/21

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet to be published in the coming calendar year. The winner also receives an all-expenses paid...

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Carve

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 5/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Carve is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $17...

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Crook’s Corner Book Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 5/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a debut novel set in the American South. The author may live anywhere, but eligible novels must be set primarily in Alabama, Arkansas,...

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/21

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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New Letters

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/18/21

Three prizes of $2,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using only the online submission system, submit up...

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Center for Fiction

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 5/30/21
Genre: Fiction

Nine fellowships of $5,000 each and a one-year membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City are given annually to fiction writers living in New York City who have not...

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Bridport Arts Centre

Cash Prize: $6,871
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 5/31/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $6,871) 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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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 5/31/21
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. Ann Harleman will judge. Using only the online...

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University of Georgia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/21
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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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/21
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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American Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/1/21
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: $3,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/1/21

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

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Stony Brook Southampton

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/1/21
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 summer...

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Salamander

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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