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.

Grayson Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Grayson Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Patrick Donnelly will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25...

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Red Wheelbarrow/Poetry Center San José

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 8/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Fall 2018 issue of Red Wheelbarrow will be given annually for a poem. The winner will also receive 15 copies...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/15/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a work of flash fiction or creative nonfiction. Bryan Borland and Seth Pennington...

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500, publication by Broadkill River Press, and two cases of Dogfish Head craft beer are given annually for a poetry collection written by a poet living in Delaware...

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Baton Rouge Area Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually to an emerging African American writer for a short story collection or novel published in the current year. The winner also receives travel...

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University of New Orleans Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 8/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Orleans Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 8/20/18
Genre: Poetry

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

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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/26/18

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “tells a story.” The winning work will also be published in the contest anthology, Stories...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $21
Application Deadline: 8/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also given. Using the online...

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Grid Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Grid Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a writer over the age of 60. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 8/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 300 to...

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Aesthetica

Cash Prize: $1,290
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 8/31/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £1,000 (approximately $1,290) each and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual are given annually for a poem and a short story. The...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 8/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given in alternating years for a group of poems or a prose excerpt translated from any language into English. The...

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Sustainable Arts Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/31/18

Up to twenty 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...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

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

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 8/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a work of short prose. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to...

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Ex Ophidia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ex Ophidia Press, and 15 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Richard-Gabriel Rummonds will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 8/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of up to 1,000 words with a $5...

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Utica College

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a resident of upstate New York. The winner will also give a reading and teach a...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 8/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or an essay collection by a queer writer. David Francis will judge....

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Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Winners and finalists will be invited to read at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California, in April 2019. Submit up to four poems of...

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Black Warrior Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/1/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Vanessa Angélica Villarreal will judge...

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Radar Poetry

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 9/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Radar Poetry is given annually for a group of poems by a woman. Using the online submission system, submit three to six poems with...

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phren-Z

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 9/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in phren-Z is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at the annual Morton Marcus Poetry Reading at...

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Dogwood

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 9/5/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Dogwood are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10...

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