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.

Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 2/13/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Sawako Nakayasu will judge. Using only...

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Sarabande Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $29
Application Deadline: 2/15/23
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, using only the...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Arizona Press is given annually for a poetry collection originally written in Spanish by a living writer and translated into...

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Furious Flower Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/15/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Obsidian, the literary journal of Illinois State University, is given annually for a group of poems. The winner also receives a $500...

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New American Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/15/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by New American Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Jamaica Baldwin will judge. Writers of any citizenship...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poetry collection translated from any language into English and published in the United States during the previous year. Anna Deeny...

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Airlie Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/15/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Airlie Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Syracuse University Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/23

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Syracuse University Press is given biennially in alternating years for either a debut fiction or a debut nonfiction manuscript written by a...

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Center for African American Poetry and Poetics/Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Autumn House Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection or a work that intersects with poetry, including hybrid text,...

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Arrowsmith Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/15/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in English during the previous year by a writer who is not a citizen of the United States. Poets who are...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/20/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Works translated into English are eligible, but the author must submit. The...

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Sustainable Arts Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/24/23

Up to 20 awards of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one child under the age of 18...

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Chautauqua Institution

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/28/23

A prize of $5,000 and publication in Chautauqua is given annually for a single work of fiction or nonfiction by an emerging writer displaying “daring formal and...

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Poetry Northwest

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/28/23
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Poetry Northwest are given annually for a single poem by an Indigenous poet. The winners will also receive an all-expenses-...

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Minds Shine Bright

Cash Prize: $1,031
Entry Fee: $3
Application Deadline: 2/28/23
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,600 AUD (approximately $1,031) and publication in the Confidence Minds Shine Bright anthology will be given annually for works of poetry or fiction exploring the...

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Austin Community College

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/23
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors or publishers may submit three copies of...

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Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Cash Prize: $5,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/28/23

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500 each and...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/23
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Tupelo Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/23

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a writer who identifies as a woman. Cai Emmons will judge. Using...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/28/23
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a poetry e-book and a fiction e-book by an African American writer self-published in the United States during the previous year...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,035
Entry Fee: $14
Application Deadline: 2/28/23
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,035) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. The winner is also invited to give a...

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Alabama State Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/23

Approximately two fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least...

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Kansas City Public Library

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/23
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given in alternating years for a poetry collection or a novel by an author whose work “demonstrates a commitment to social justice in America and/or the...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/23
Genre: Poetry

A fellowship of $25,000 is given biennially for the translation into English of a work of modern Italian poetry. The winning translator will also receive a five-week residency...

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Poets & Writers, Inc.

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/23
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner will also receive a monthlong residency at the Jentel Artist...

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