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.

Briar Cliff Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three...

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Washington College

Cash Prize: $45,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/1/17

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland...

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Malahat Review

Cash Prize: $1,100
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 11/1/17

Three prizes of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,100) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay....

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Whitefish Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
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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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, a novella, or a collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who...

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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a...

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a short story collection, novella, novella collection, or novel. U.S. writers who have not...

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Washington Writers Publishing House

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers Publishing House, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or...

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Mid-American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
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...

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