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.

Wick Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Kent State University Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. The winner is also invited to teach a weeklong writing...

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Southwest Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a full-length book of fiction. Submit a...

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Whiting Foundation

Cash Prize: $40,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/3/19

Up to eight grants of $40,000 each are given annually for creative nonfiction works-in-progress to enable writers to complete their books. Creative nonfiction writers under...

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Academy of American Poets

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

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet to be published in the current year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid weeklong...

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Georgia Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Georgia Review is given annually for a single poem. Stephen Dunn will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than ten...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Publishing is given annually for a book-length work of speculative fiction. The editors will judge. Using the online...

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/19

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Each winner also receives a...

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Breakwater Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a single poem. Jill McDonough will judge. Submit three poems of any length with a $10...

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Carve

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Carve is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic submissions...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living poet published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-...

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