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.

Center for African American Poetry and Poetics

Cash Prize: $48,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A two-year fellowship, including an annual stipend of $48,000 and health benefits, at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) at the University of Pittsburgh...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,100
Entry Fee: $19
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,100) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short memoir. Chrissie Gittins will judge. Submit a memoir of...

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Binghamton University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry...

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Colgate University

Cash Prize: $40,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/19

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $40,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to poets, fiction writers, or...

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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 2/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $4,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 80 pages of poetry (no...

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry...

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Passaic County Community College

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 2/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review is given annually for a poem. Submit four copies of up to five poems of no more than two pages each with...

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American Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 2/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a piece of flash fiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to three...

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Chicago Tribune

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,500 is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 8,000 words by February 1. There is no entry fee. All entries...

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Passaic County Community College

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet is expected to participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading at...

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W. B. Yeats Society of New York

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the W. B. Yeats Society of New York website is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to a ceremony in New York City in the...

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Stadler Center for Poetry

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/19

Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given annually to fiction and nonfiction writers...

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Southern Illinois University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/2/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published in the previous year. Each winner will also receive $500 to give a reading...

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Main Street Rag

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/2/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,200, publication by Main Street Rag, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors and previous winners will judge. Submit...

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Furious Flower Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/10/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Obsidian, the literary journal of Illinois State University, is given annually for a group of poems. Poets who have published no...

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Hippocrates Prize

Cash Prize: $1,300
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 2/14/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,300) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and on the website is given annually for a poem on a medical theme. A prize of £1,...

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Center for Documentary Studies

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 2/15/19

A prize of $3,000 is given biennially for an essay that demonstrates a “reliance on documentary methods, specifically immersive fieldwork, research, and interviewing conducted...

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Salem State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 2/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East is given annually for a group of poems. Sean Thomas Dougherty will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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Milkweed Editions

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions, previously called the Lindquist & Vennum Prize, is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet currently...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/19
Genre: Poetry

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

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New American Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by New American Press is given annually for a book of poetry. Sara Gelston will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a poetry...

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Center for Fiction

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/19
Genre: Fiction

Fellowships of $5,000 each, membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and access to writing space at the center are given annually to fiction writers living in New...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A fellowship of $25,000 and a five-week residency at the American Academy in Rome is given biennially to a U.S. translator for a work-in-progress of modern Italian poetry...

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Ruminate

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $20...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 2/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 75 to 100 pages...

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