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.

Comstock Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 7/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a single poem. David Kirby will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to five...

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Cincinnati Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Cincinnati Review are given annually for a poem and a piece of fiction or creative nonfiction. Rebecca Lindenberg will...

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The Word Works

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Word Works is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published at least two full-length books of poetry. Using the...

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Santa Fe Writers Project

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/15/19

A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Santa Fe Writers Project is given biennially for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. Carmen Maria Machado will judge. Submit a...

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The Story Prize

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 7/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $20,000 is given annually for a short story collection written in English and published in the United States in the previous year. Two runners-up receive $5,000 each...

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Rattle

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a poem. A Reader’s Choice Award of $2,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Submit up to four...

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Literal Latté

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 7/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Submit up to ten poems totaling no more than 2,000 words each with a...

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Ledbury Poetry Festival

Cash Prize: $1,300
Entry Fee: $7
Application Deadline: 7/18/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,300); a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writing Centre of Wales; and publication on the Ledbury Poetry Festival website is given annually...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 7/24/19
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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Kore Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 7/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Kore Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection by a woman, trans, or gender-nonconforming poet. Erica Hunt will...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 7/30/19
Genre: Fiction

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

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Emrys Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Emrys Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive a weeklong residency at the Rensing Center near...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Press 53, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Tom Lombardo will judge. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 120 pages with...

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Sewanee Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sewanee Review will be given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Carl Phillips will judge in poetry and...

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Journal of Experimental Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Fiction

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

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New Millennium Writings

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/19

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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University of Notre Dame

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a story collection. Writers who have published at least one story collection are...

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Munster Literature Centre

Cash Prize: $2,250
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,250) and publication in Southword is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Anam...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 7/31/19

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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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Fiction

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

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Howling Bird Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Howling Bird Press will be given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The 2019 prize will be awarded...

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F(r)iction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given three times a year for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 1,000 to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by July 31. The...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/19

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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PEN America

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 8/1/19

Five 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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Delaware Division of the Arts

Cash Prize: $6,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/19

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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