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.

Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/10/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using only...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/15/20

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

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New Ohio Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/20

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Ada Limón will judge in...

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Yemassee

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/15/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 and publication in Yemassee will be given annually for a poem and a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems...

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F(r)iction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/15/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given three times a year for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 1,000 to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by April...

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Pen Parentis

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/17/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Dreamers Magazine is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The winner also receives...

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Moment Magazine–Karma Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/20/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a story that relates to Judaism or Jewish culture or history. The winning story will be considered for publication in Moment Magazine...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 4/20/20

Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of prose translated from any language into English and published in the previous year. For the...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/20/20

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of poetry or a text from Zen Buddhism translated from an Asian language into English and published in the previous year....

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/20/20

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction translated from Italian into English and published in the previous year. Publishers or translators may...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 4/23/20
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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DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/27/20

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or hybrid-genre work. Ander...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/20

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Dennis Norris II will judge. Using only the online...

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Bristol Short Story Prize

Cash Prize: $1,310
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,310) and publication in Bristol Short Stories Prize Anthology Volume 13 will be given annually for a short story. Billy Kahora,...

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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Ghost Story website is given twice yearly for a short story with a supernatural or magic realism theme. The winning work will...

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Restless Books

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/1/20

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books is given in alternating years for a debut book of fiction or nonfiction by a first-generation immigrant. The 2020 prize...

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Leapfrog Press

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $33
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, novel, or novella. Cris Mazza and the Leapfrog editors will judge. Using...

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Australian Book Review

Cash Prize: $4,095
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of AUD $6,000 (approximately $4,095) is given annually for a story. A second-place prize of AUD $4,000 (approximately $2,730) and a third-place prize of AUD $2,500 (...

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Willie Morris Awards

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel published during the previous year that is set in the South and reflects Willie Morris’s “hope for belonging, for belief in a...

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National Book Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $135
Application Deadline: 5/13/20

Four prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to honor books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and young people’s literature written by U.S. writers and published in the United...

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Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 

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

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts is given annually for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/20

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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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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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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Crook’s Corner Book Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 5/15/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a debut novel set in the American South. The winner will also be entitled to a complimentary glass of wine every day for a year at Crook...

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