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.

Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 7/24/18
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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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 7/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press will be given annually for a story collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of any length...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Press 53 is given annually for a poetry collection. Tom Lombardo will judge. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 120 pages with a $30 entry fee by...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press will be given annually for a novella. Kate Gale will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 15,000...

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New Millennium Writings

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/18

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal’s website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short...

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Journal of Experimental Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction/Depth Charge Publishing is given annually for an innovative novel. Jane L. Carman will judge....

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Munster Literature Centre

Cash Prize: $2,400
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 7/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,400) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 7/31/18

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative...

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Masters Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by a writer who has not published a novel (writers who have published story...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/18

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...

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Aspen Words

Cash Prize: $35,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 8/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $35,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published in the current year that “illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power...

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Delaware Division of the Arts

Cash Prize: $6,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/18

Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and Emerging Artist Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Delaware poets, fiction writers, and creative...

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PEN America

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

Seven-month fellowships, which include a stipend of $1,000 each, are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who lack access to...

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Gival Press

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Gival Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 5,000 to 15,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 8....

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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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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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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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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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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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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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