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.

Hippocrates Prize

Cash Prize: $1,320
Entry Fee: $9
Application Deadline: 2/14/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,320) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and on the website is given annually for a poem on a medical theme. An additional...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 is given biennially for a book of modern Italian poetry translated into English and published in the United States. Self-published collections are ineligible...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe will be given annually for a book of poetry originally written in Spanish by a living writer and...

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Salem State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East is given annually for a group of poems. Oliver de la Paz will judge. Using the online submission system, submit 8...

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Milkweed Editions

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet currently residing in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota,...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry translated from any language into English and published in the United States during the previous year. Collaborations...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hidden River Review will be given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 75...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/17/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry e-book and a fiction e-book by an African American writer self-published in the United States during the previous year....

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28. All...

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National Poetry Series

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/28/18
Genre: Poetry

Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers include Beacon...

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Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Cash Prize: $5,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/28/18

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500...

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Atlanta Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Atlanta Review is given annually for a poem. Submit up to two poems of any length with a $12 entry fee ($18 for 3 to 7 poems) by...

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Tusculum Review

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tusculum Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Manuscripts with one or two authors are eligible. Emilia Phillips will...

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Mississippi Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in...

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Hunger Mountain

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

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ephemeral Artery, Hunger Mountain's online publication, are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

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

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University of Wisconsin

Cash Prize: $38,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of at least $38,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to five writers working on a...

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Airlie Press

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Airlie Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Broadside Lotus Press

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript of 60 to 90...

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Ahsahta Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Ahsahta Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Boise State University are...

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Lake Forest College

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at...

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42 Miles Press

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

A prize of $1,000, publication by 42 Miles Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Indiana University in South...

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PEN Northwest

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

A seven-month residency from April to October, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer to live and...

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Alabama State Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using...

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Furious Flower Poetry Center

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Obsidian, the literary journal of Illinois State University, is given annually for a group of poems. African-American poets who...

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