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.

TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/23/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in TulipTree Review will be given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that tells a story. Writers who have not published...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Gary Fincke will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

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Bridport Arts Centre

Cash Prize: $6,430
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $6,430) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. Two second-place prizes of £1,...

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Oversound

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Oversound, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Mary Jo Bang will judge. Using the online submission system...

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Anhinga Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to participate in a reading tour at...

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University of Georgia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Roxane Gay will judge. Using the online submission system...

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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a short story collection. Peter Conners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 90 to 200 pages with a $25...

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Southern Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. Submit three to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20...

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University of Nebraska Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500, publication by University of Nebraska Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Grace Bauer will judge. Using the online...

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American Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a short story. Rebecca Makkai will judge. Submit a story of 2,000 to 6,500 words with...

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Southampton Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story by a college student. The winner also receives a full scholarship to attend the Southampton Writers Conference in July,...

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Southern Humanities Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Humanities Review is given annually for a poem of witness in honor of poet Jake Adam York. The winner also receives...

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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 6/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed...

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Writer’s Digest

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/3/19

A prize of $5,000, publication in the 88th annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York...

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Salamander

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/3/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Salamander is given annually for a short story. Wayétu Moore will judge. Submit a story of up to 30 pages with a $15 entry fee...

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New American Press

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,200 and publication by New American Press is given annually for a book of fiction. Judith Claire Mitchell will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Towson University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/19

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a current resident of Maryland who has lived in the state for at least three years...

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Western Connecticut State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in the previous year. The winners also receive $500 in travel expenses to...

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University of Akron Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Victoria Chang will judge. Using the online submission system, submit...

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Philadelphia Stories

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Philadelphia Stories is given annually for a short story. The winner will also receive travel and lodging expenses to read at...

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Conduit Books & Ephemera

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Conduit Books & Ephemera, and 25 author copies will be given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using the online...

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American-Scandinavian Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/19

A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a work of poetry, fiction, or creative...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 6/15/19

Four prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers for books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, and biography or autobiography (including memoir) published in...

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Bitter Oleander Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee between May 1...

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Willow Springs Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Willow Springs Books is given annually for a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of three or more stories totaling at least 98...

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