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.

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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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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Four Way Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given annually to a U.S. poet for a poetry collection. The winner will also be invited to participate in a reading in New...

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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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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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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 Previously published and unpublished stories are eligible.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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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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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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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Jennifer Franklin will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48...

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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 3/31/18
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center are given annually for poetry collections. The First Book Competition is open to poets...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,180
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 3/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,180) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a poem. The winner and 10 runners-up are also invited to give a...

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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 3/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center is given annually for an essay collection. Brian Blanchfield will judge. Using the online...

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Saturnalia Books

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

A prize of $1,500, publication by Saturnalia Books, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Natalie Diaz will judge. Using the online submission system...

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100...

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Waterston Desert Writing Prize

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/1/18

A prize of $2,000 and a four-week residency at the PLAYA retreat in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a nonfiction work-in-progress that "recognizes the vital role...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a humorous poem. Jendi Reiter will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Zone 3 Press

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a debut poetry collection. Jennifer Givhan will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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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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Poetry International

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. Victoria Chang will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($3...

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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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Oberon

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/10/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Oberon is given annually for a poem. Submit up to three poems with an $18 entry fee, which includes an issue of Oberon,...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 4/15/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Publishing will be given annually for a book-length work of nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit a memoir,...

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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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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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Spoon River Poetry Review

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Spoon River Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit two copies of up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages with...

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