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.

University of North Texas

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. The winner will also receive airfare and lodging to give...

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Burnside Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Burnside Review Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Ed Skoog will judge. Using the online submission system...

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Ohio University Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Ohio University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 95 pages with a $30 entry fee by December 1....

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Five Points

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Five Points is given annually for a group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of no more than...

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December

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in december is given annually for a poem. Kim Addonizio will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee,...

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Slipstream Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/18
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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Langum Charitable Trust

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the previous year. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of a book (or galleys)...

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Stanford University

Cash Prize: $26,000
Entry Fee: $85
Application Deadline: 12/1/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Ten two-year fellowships, five in poetry and five in fiction, are given annually to allow emerging writers to develop their craft in workshops with senior faculty members at...

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American Library Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/18
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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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/18

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines...

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African Poetry Book Fund

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection by a poet who was born in Africa, is an African national or...

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University of Evansville

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Evansville Review is given annually for a poem translated from any language into English. Willis Barnstone will judge. Submit...

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Waywiser Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 12/1/18
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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Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 12/2/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Fellowships for a seven-month residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, are given annually to four poets and four fiction writers who have not...

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Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/3/18
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by Southern Illinois University Press are given annually for poetry collections by U.S. poets. Each winner will also give a reading at...

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Australian Book Review

Cash Prize: $3,970
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/3/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $3,970) is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of $2,000 AUD (approximately $1,590) will also be given. The winners will be...

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National Endowment for the Arts

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/5/18

Grants of $12,500 and $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in...

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Bronx Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/10/18

Grants of $4,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who reside in the Bronx in New York City. Winners are encouraged to complete...

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Friends of American Writers

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/10/18

A prize of up to $4,000 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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Brunel University London

Cash Prize: $3,990
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/12/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,990) is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who was born in Africa, is an African national or resident, or whose parents are...

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Center for Book Arts

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/15/18
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 an additional $500 to give a...

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Santa Fe Writers Project

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by 2040 Books, an imprint of the Santa Fe Writers Project, will be given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer of...

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LitMag

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,500 and publication in LitMag is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 will also be given. The winners will have their work...

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Willow Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/18

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by writers of color. Using the...

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Commonwealth Club of California

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/15/18

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published during the previous year. Prizes are also given for a...

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