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.

French-American Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/14/19

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published...

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Literal Latté

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two...

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University of Texas in Austin

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/15/19

Two residencies, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, at a rural retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, who have lived in Texas...

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PRISM

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $31
Application Deadline: 1/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 CAD (approximately $1,150) and publication in PRISM is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $40 CAD (...

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BkMk Press

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 110 pages of...

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Third Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 1/15/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two awards of $1,000 each and publication in Third Coast are given annually for a poem and a short story. Leila Chatti will judge in poetry and Deborah Reed will judge...

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Permafrost

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Alaska Press is given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. The 2019 prize will be given for a...

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Moment Magazine–Karma Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/21/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a story that relates to Judaism or Jewish culture or history. The winning story will be considered for publication in Moment...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 1/24/19
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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North Carolina Writers’ Network

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

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story. The winning story will also be considered for publication in Thomas Wolfe Review. Jill McCorkle will judge....

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Winter Anthology

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, or an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10...

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Caine Prize for African Writing

Cash Prize: $13,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of £10,000 (approximately $13,000) is given annually for a previously published short story by an African writer. Shortlisted candidates will receive £500 (...

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New Millennium Writings

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

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a work of flash fiction, and a work of creative...

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Balcones Center for Creative Writing

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 1/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three copies of...

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Hurston/Wright Foundation

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt by Black college students. The winners are awarded free tuition to a Hurston/Wright...

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Schaffner Press

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that “deals...

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Chattahoochee Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a story...

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Iowa Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Kiki Petrosino will judge in...

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Crazyhorse

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Erika Meitner will judge in poetry, Rick Bass...

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Little Tokyo Historical Society

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website is given annually for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district of...

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Black Lawrence Press

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

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Ohioana Library Association

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

A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an Ohio fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer age 30 or under who has not published a book. Writers born in Ohio or who have lived...

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Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

Grants of up to $1,500 each are given in alternating years to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The...

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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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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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