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.

Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $100
Application Deadline: 3/16/18

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that "foster peace,...

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New South

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/21/18

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Safiya Sinclair will judge in poetry, and Alissa Nutting...

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Enizagam

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/23/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Enizagam are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Jesse Nathan will judge in poetry, and Rachel Khong...

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Sozopol Seminars

Cash Prize: $1,600
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/28/18

Ten scholarships, valued at approximately $1,600 each, to attend the Sozopol Seminars in Sozopol, Bulgaria, are given in alternating years to five fiction or creative...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $7
Application Deadline: 3/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $7 entry fee by...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 3/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a work of flash fiction. Previously published and unpublished stories are eligible. Submit up...

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CutBank

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/18

A prize of $1,000, publication by CutBank, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The editors will judge....

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Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing

Cash Prize: $1,600
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/18

Two prizes valued at $1,600 each will be given annually to a poet and fiction writer to attend a weeklong seminar at the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Summer...

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Bosque Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 3/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in bosque is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt by a writer over the age of 40. Timothy Schaffert will judge. Using...

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Banipal Trust for Arab Literature

Cash Prize: $4,020
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $4,020) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English and published for the first time in English...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 3/31/18

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 longer work of fiction or...

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Arts & Letters

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Alfred Corn will judge in...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 4/1/18

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10...

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Orison Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/1/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by Orison Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. Vandana Khanna will judge in poetry, and Lan...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/15/18

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Terri Kirby Erickson will judge in poetry and Clint...

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Chautauqua

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $3
Application Deadline: 4/15/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Chautauqua, the Chautauqua Institution's literary journal, will be given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or a piece...

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New Ohio Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Kevin Prufer will judge in...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 4/16/18

Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of prose translated from any language into English and published in the previous year. For the...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/16/18

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction translated from Italian into English and published in the previous year. Publishers may submit a book...

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Pen Parentis

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/17/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Brain, Child is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The winner also receives an...

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Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing

Cash Prize: $1,600
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/21/18

Two prizes valued at $1,600 each will be given annually to a poet and fiction writer to attend a weeklong residency at the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing....

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 4/23/18
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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DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/27/18

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or hybrid-genre work. Ander...

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