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.

Quarter After Eight

Cash Prize: $1,008
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/18

A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight is given annually for a prose poem, a short short story, or a micro-essay. Submit up to three pieces of no...

read more

Mid-American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mid-American Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems for the James Wright Poetry...

read more

Pushcart Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/18

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines...

read more

American Library Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous year that is set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven...

read more

Stanford University

Cash Prize: $26,000
Entry Fee: $85
Application Deadline: 12/1/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Ten two-year fellowships, five in poetry and five in fiction, are given annually to allow emerging writers to develop their craft in workshops with senior faculty members at...

read more

Langum Charitable Trust

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the previous year. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of a book (or galleys)...

read more

Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 12/2/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Fellowships for a seven-month residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, are given annually to four poets and four fiction writers who have not...

read more

National Endowment for the Arts

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/5/18

Grants of $12,500 and $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in...

read more

Friends of American Writers

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/10/18

A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who...

read more

Bronx Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/10/18

Grants of $4,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who reside in the Bronx in New York City. Winners are encouraged to complete...

read more

Commonwealth Club of California

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/15/18

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published during the previous year. Prizes are also given for a...

read more

Santa Fe Writers Project

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by 2040 Books, an imprint of the Santa Fe Writers Project, will be given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer of...

read more

LitMag

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,500 and publication in LitMag is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 will also be given. The winners will have their work...

read more

Willow Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/18

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by writers of color. Using the...

read more

Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Press 53, and 50 author copies is given annually for a story collection. Kevin Morgan Watson will judge. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 250...

read more

Nowhere Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “possesses a powerful sense of place.” Porter...

read more

Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a nationally distributed book. Submit a story of...

read more

River Styx

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a short short story. Submit up to three stories of no more than 500 words each with a $10 entry...

read more

Tampa Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of 500 to 5,000 words with a $20 entry...

read more

Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists will also be published in the 2019 Lascaux Prize...

read more

Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/18

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African...

read more

Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Florida Review is given annually for a chapbook of short fiction, short nonfiction, or graphic narrative. Submit a manuscript of...

read more

New Rivers Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/18

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by New Rivers Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an emerging writer....

read more

Livingston Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Livingston Press, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first collection of short stories by a U.S. citizen. Fiction writers who have...

read more

Before Columbus Foundation

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/18

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s...

read more

Pages