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.

Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous two years. Submit a book published in 2016 or 2017 with a $20 entry fee by December 31. Visit the...

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Livingston Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
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...

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Before Columbus Foundation

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/17

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...

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Ashland Creek Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 12/31/17

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction that focuses on the environment, animal protection, ecology, or wildlife. The winner also...

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Cleveland Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/17

Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that "contribute to...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Press 53 is given annually for a story collection. Kevin Morgan Watson will judge. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 250 pages with a $30 entry...

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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
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...

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River Styx

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
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...

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Three Percent

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two awards of $10,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or novel translated into English for the first time and published in the...

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Whitefish Review

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Whitefish Review is given annually for a short story. Rick Bass will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of...

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Bayou Magazine

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each will be given annually for a poem and a short story. The winners will also receive a subscription to Bayou Magazine and their work will be...

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Mississippi Review

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Current or former University of Southern...

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San José State University

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/2/18

Three yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $10,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and creative...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 1/2/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given annually for a short story about families of any configuration....

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Center for Fiction

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/2/18

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a full-length fiction or nonfiction manuscript about serious physical illness by a writer who has personal experience with life-...

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Poets & Writers, Inc.

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/8/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet...

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/14/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and the winner's agent will also receive lodging and travel expenses to...

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Literal Latté

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
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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Permafrost

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

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 2018 prize will be given for a...

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French-American Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/15/18

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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BkMk Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
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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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Arts will be given annually for a novella. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 17,500 to 40,000 words with a $24...

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Masters Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by a writer who has not published a novel. Writers who have published story...

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PRISM

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 Canadian (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 entry...

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North Carolina Writers' Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/30/18
Genre: Fiction

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

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