Writing Contests, Grant & 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.

Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $5 entry fee by...

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Loft Literary Center

Cash Prize: $8,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/17

Up to five grants of $8,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one year....

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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
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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Banipal Trust for Arab Literature

Cash Prize: $3,720
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,720) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English and published for the first time in English...

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Montreal International Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $20,000 CAD (approximately $15,000) and publication in the 2017 Global Poetry Anthology is given biennially for a poem. Michael Harris will judge. Using the online...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 3/31/17

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of fiction or...

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CutBank

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/17

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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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 3/31/17

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

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
Genre: Poetry

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

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Four Way Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
Genre: Poetry, Poetry

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

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Arts & Letters

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/17

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. Richard Garcia will judge in...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/17

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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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/17

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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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/1/17
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 one...

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Orison Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/1/17
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. Carl Phillips will judge in poetry and David Haynes...

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/1/17
Genre: Poetry

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

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/1/17
Genre: Poetry, 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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Writing Ranch

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/1/17

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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Saturnalia Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Saturnalia Books, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Ross Gay will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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Oberon

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/3/17
Genre: Poetry

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

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 4/7/17

Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of prose translated from any language into English and published in the previous year. For the...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/7/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press is given annually for a book of poetry translated from any language into English. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/7/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of poetry translated from an Asian language into English and published in the previous year. Translations of Zen Buddhist source...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/7/17

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction translated from Italian into English and published in the previous year. Publishers may submit a book...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 4/9/17

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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