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.

New York Public Library

Cash Prize: $75,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/25/20

Up to 15 fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators whose work will benefit directly from access to the research...

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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/30/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication on the Ghost Story website and in the Ghost Story print anthology, 21st Century Ghost Stories, is given twice yearly for a...

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Hackney Literary Awards

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines...

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University of Iowa Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/30/20
Genre: Fiction

Two awards of publication by University of Iowa Press are given annually for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible....

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University of Massachusetts Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/20

Five prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection...

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Dzanc Books is given annually for a story collection. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a story...

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Dzanc Books is given annually for a novel. Tina May Hall, Anne Valente, and Jessie van Eerden will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Susan Straight will judge. Using only the online submission system...

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/30/20

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Dzanc Books will be given for a novel, memoir, story or essay collection, or cross-genre work by a writer from a minority, underrepresented...

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American Literary Review

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

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using only the online submission...

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Missouri Review

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/1/20

Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or...

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Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Louisiana Literature is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a full-length book of fiction. The winner...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 10/1/20

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

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Zoetrope: All-Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope: All-Story website is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists are considered for representation by...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 10/12/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction. Molly Gloss will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

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University of Louisville

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Miracle Monocle is given annually for a work of fiction written in the fabulist experimental style of Italo Calvino. The winner will...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 10/24/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 10/31/20

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or an essay collection by a queer writer. Amber Flame will judge....

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Cloudbank Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/20

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Cloudbank Books is given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or a combination of the two. Christopher Buckley will judge....

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Tucson Festival of Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/20

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also receive scholarships to attend a workshop on the...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Indiana University Press is given in alternating years for a collection of poetry or a collection of short fiction. The 2021 prize will be...

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PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/31/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the current year. Four finalists will each receive $5,000. The winner and finalists will also be...

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, novella, or collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who has...

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Briar Cliff Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/20

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

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Malahat Review

Cash Prize: $1,490
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 11/1/20

Three prizes of CAD $2,000 (approximately $1,490) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay....

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