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.

Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Cash Prize: $65,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $65,000 Canadian (approximately $50,000) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or...

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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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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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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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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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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $7
Application Deadline: 1/2/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $7 entry fee...

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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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Frost Place

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 1/5/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and a six- to eight-week residency at the Frost Place, Robert Frost's former home in Franconia, New Hampshire, is given annually to a poet who has published...

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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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Unterberg Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/12/18
Genre: Poetry

Four prizes of $500 each and publication in Boston Review are given annually for a group of poems. Winners also receive a two-night residency at the Ace Hotel and...

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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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Colorado Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/14/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. John Yau will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages...

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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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Ellen Meloy Fund

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/15/18

A prize of $5,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer "whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Ellen Meloy's writing" to...

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Moment Magazine–Karma Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Moment Magazine is given annually for a story that relates to Judaism or Jewish culture or history. The editors will judge. Using...

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WOMR/WFMR Community Radio

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

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than seven pages with a $15 entry fee by January 15, 2018....

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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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North Carolina Writers' Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 1/15/18

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an essay that "is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians." The winning essay will also be...

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University of Notre Dame

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a debut poetry collection by a Latinx poet residing in the United States. Ada Limón...

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University of Mississippi

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A one-month residency, which includes a $3,000 honorarium, to live and work in Oxford, Mississippi, near the University of Mississippi campus, is given annually to a poet who...

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University of Rochester

Cash Prize: $7,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the previous year by a woman who is a U.S. citizen. Publishers may submit four copies of a novel or...

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Wells College Press

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

A prize of $1,000, publication by Wells College Press, and 15 author copies will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive room and board to attend...

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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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