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.

Slope Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 4/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Slope Editions is given annually for a poetry collection. Solmaz Sharif will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 90 pages with a $22 entry...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Publishing is given annually for a book-length work of nonfiction. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system...

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New Ohio Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Tyehimba Jess will judge...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

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

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University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 4/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a Latina or Latino writer. Using the online submission system,...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

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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University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a writer of Arab heritage. Series editors Hayan...

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Hub City Press

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/16/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Hub City Press will be given annually for a short story collection. U.S. writers who have not published a book in any genre and who have...

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Hub City Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/17/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hub City Press is given biennially for a poetry collection. U.S. poets who have published no more than one full-length poetry collection...

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Pen Parentis

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/17/19
Genre: Fiction

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

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 4/22/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in OmniVerse, Omnidawn Publishing’s online journal, is given annually for a single poem. The winner also receives 50 copies of a...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 4/23/19
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 the online submission system, submit up to five...

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DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/26/19

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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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages with a $30 entry fee by April...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print...

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Finishing Line Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
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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Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also asked to serve as a part-time volunteer...

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Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The winner is also asked to serve as a part-...

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Ashland Poetry Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ashland Poetry Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 64 to 96 pages with a $25 entry...

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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
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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Beloit Poetry Journal

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Beloit Poetry Journal is given annually for a single poem. Patricia Smith will judge. Using the online submission system, submit...

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Mudfish

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,200 and publication in Mudfish is given annually for a single poem. John Yau will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee ($3...

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University of Pittsburgh Press

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length poetry...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/19

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Dennis Norris II will judge. Using the online...

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