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.

Literal Latté

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Submit up to six poems totaling no more than 2,000 words each with a...

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Mudfish

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,200 and publication in Mudfish is given annually for a poem. Philip Schultz will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee ($3 for...

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The Word Works

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Word Works is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published two or more full-length books of poetry. Leslie...

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Verse

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500, publication by Factory Hollow Press, and a month-long residency at the Tomaž Šalamun Center for Poetry in Ljubljana, Slovenia, valued at approximately $1,500,...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/16/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem or group of poems. The poetry editors will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 7/24/17
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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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/25/17

Three prizes are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer to honor their first published books. The winners are also invited to visit...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Press 53 is given annually for a poetry collection. Tom Lombardo will judge. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 120 pages with a $30 entry fee by...

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New Millennium Writings

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/17

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal's website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short...

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PEN Center USA

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 8/1/17

Seven-month fellowships, which include a stipend of $1,000 each, are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who lack access to...

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Delaware Division of the Arts

Cash Prize: $6,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/17

Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and Emerging Artist Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Delaware poets, fiction writers, and creative...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/17

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/1/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or fiction or a work of short creative nonfiction. Donika Kelly will judge. Submit up...

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Ex Ophidia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Ex Ophidia Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. Richard-Gabriel Rummonds will judge. Submit a manuscript of 64 to 84 pages...

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Grayson Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Grayson Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Barbara Crooker will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500, publication by Broadkill River Press, ten author copies, and two cases of Dogfish Head craft beer are given annually for a poetry collection written by a poet...

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New Guard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in the New Guard are given annually for a poem and a short story. Mark Doty will judge the Knightville Poetry Contest; Chris...

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Snake Nation Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 75 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31....

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Sustainable Arts Foundation

Cash Prize: $6,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 8/31/17

Ten awards of $6,000 each and ten awards of $2,000 each are given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

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

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Utica College

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a resident of upstate New York. The winner will also give a reading and teach a...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given in alternating years for a group of poems or a prose excerpt translated from any language into English. The...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 8/31/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a piece of short prose. Roxane Gay will judge. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or...

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Aesthetica

Cash Prize: $1,290
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £1,000 (approximately $1,290) each and publication in Aesthetica will be given annually for a poem and a short story. The winners will also receive a...

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Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Winners and finalists will be invited to read at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California, in April 2018. Submit up to four poems of...

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