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.

Hawai’i Council for the Humanities

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 will be given biennially to a poet with a body of work that “pushes the boundaries of poetic craft” who also “contributes meaningfully to the literary...

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Waywiser Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $29
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by the Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous collection. The winner...

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Breakwater Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a story. Submit a story of 1,000 to 4,000 words with a $10 entry fee by December 1. All...

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Regal House Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Regal House Publishing will be given annually for a short story collection. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 350 pages...

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American Library Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous year that is set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven...

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Slipstream Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Slipstream Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 40 pages...

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Meadowlark Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Meadowlark Books, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry book. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at...

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit...

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Friends of American Writers

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/10/21

A prize of $2,500 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who...

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Nowhere

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere is given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, or an essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." Porter Fox will...

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Writer’s Digest

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and travel and lodging expenses for a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A second-place prize...

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Center for Book Arts

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive 10 copies of their chapbook and an...

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Commonwealth Club of California

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/15/21

Five prizes of $5,000 are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, a first book of fiction, a book of creative nonfiction, and a book of fiction or nonfiction...

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Story Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Story Magazine will be given annually for a short story. Submit a short story of no more than 10,000 words with a $25 entry fee by...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/23/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 10,000 words...

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/30/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of at least $3,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and two additional guest panelists (usually the winner's agent and...

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Codhill Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. James Sherwood will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70...

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Before Columbus Foundation

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/21

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Massachusetts Museum of...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/21

Four prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by African...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Press 53, and 50 author copies is given annually for a story collection. Claire V. Foxx will judge. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 250 pages...

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Ashland Creek Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/21

A prize of $1,000 is given biennially for an unpublished or published book of fiction or creative nonfiction that focuses on the environment, animal protection, ecology, or...

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Moth

Cash Prize: $7,032
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €6,000 (approximately $7,032) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a single poem. Three runner-up prizes of €1,000 (approximately $1,172) each...

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Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Cash Prize: $65,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $65,000 CAD (approximately $51,912) each are given annually for poetry collections published during the previous year by a Canadian poet or translator and by an...

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LitMag

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in LitMag is given annually for a short story. The winner will have their work reviewed by agents from Bankoff Collaborative, the...

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