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.

Persea Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a first poetry collection by a woman who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The winner also...

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Poetry Society of the United Kingdom

Cash Prize: $6,500
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $6,500) and publication on the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom website is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £2,000 (...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. A second-place prize of $1,000 and publication is also awarded. Kathleen Winter...

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Tucson Festival of Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel discussion at the...

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Comstock Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by the Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given biennially for a poetry chapbook. Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton will judge. Submit a...

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University of North Texas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Rosanna Warren will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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American Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by American Poetry Review is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winning book is distributed by Copper Canyon Press...

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North American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in North American Review is given annually for a poem. Eduardo C. Corral will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to...

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Truman State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Truman State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

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Cloudbank Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Cloudbank Books will be given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or short experimental work, including micro essays and...

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Alice James Books

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

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet residing in the United States. The winner will also receive a $1,000...

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Sow's Ear Poetry Review

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sow's Ear Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda will judge. Submit up to five poems with a $30 entry...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet...

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Madison Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Madison Review are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The editors will judge. Submit three poems...

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Brick Road Poetry Press

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

A prize of $1,000, publication by Brick Road Poetry Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Keith Badowski and Ron Self will judge. Using the...

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Coal Hill Review

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Coal Hill Review in print and online is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Heather McNaugher will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

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American-Scandinavian Foundation

Cash Prize: $23,000
Entry Fee: $60
Application Deadline: 11/1/17

Fellowships of up to $23,000 and grants of up to $5,000 are given annually to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators for study and research in...

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Reed Magazine

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $...

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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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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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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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Yale University Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry

An award of publication by Yale University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an early-career poet who has not published a full-length book of poetry. Carl...

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Perugia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a woman. Submit a manuscript of 45 to 85 pages with a $27 entry...

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Nightboat Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Nightboat Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Kazim Ali and Stephen Motika will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine is given annually for a group of poems. The winner also receives an all-access pass to the...

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