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.

Travelers’ Tales

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/21/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the biannual anthology The Best Travel Writing and on the Travelers’ Tales website is given annually for a travel essay. Writers...

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American Academy in Berlin

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/23/19

Residential fellowships are given annually to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers to spend an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the...

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New York Public Library

Cash Prize: $75,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/27/19

Up to 15 fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at...

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New Guard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 9/27/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Guard are given annually for a poem and a short story. Richard Blanco will judge in poetry and Elizabeth Hand will...

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University of Iowa Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Fiction

Two awards of publication by University of Iowa Press are given annually for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible....

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Southwest Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a poem or group of poems by a writer who has not published a poetry collection. Submit up...

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University of Massachusetts Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/19

Five prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection...

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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication on the Ghost Story website and in the Ghost Story print anthology, 21st Century Ghost Stories, is given twice yearly...

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Dzanc Books will be given occasionally for a novella. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript...

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Mad Creek Books

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Mad Creek Books, the literary trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a poetry collection. Kathy Fagan will...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Cai Emmons will judge. Using only the online submission system,...

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Cave Canem Foundation

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize valued at approximately $2,500 is given annually for a poetry chapbook by a Black poet. The winner will receive $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books, and a weeklong...

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New Criterion

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Criterion Books is given annually for a poetry collection that pays close attention to form. George Green, Roger Kimball, and David Yezzi...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press is given annually for a novella. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 17,500 to 40,000 words...

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John Pollard Foundation

Cash Prize: $11,400
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €10,000 (approximately $11,400) will be given annually for a debut poetry collection published during the current year. Publishers may submit four copies of a debut...

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Dzanc Books is given annually for a novel. John Englehardt, Lee Martin, and Elle Nash will judge. Using only the online submission system,...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a poem in any style and a poem that either rhymes or is written in a traditional...

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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 9/30/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for an essay by a writer who has not published a full-length book in any genre with a nationally...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 9/30/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review will be given annually for an essay. The winner and finalists will also be published in the 2020 Lascaux Prize...

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Hackney Literary Awards

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines...

University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Billy Collins will judge. Using only the online submission system,...

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California State University in Fresno

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Anhinga Press is given annually for a poetry collection. C. G. Hanzlicek will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

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Literal Latté

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 9/30/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a personal essay. Submit an essay of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee...

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Dzanc Books is given annually for a story collection. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a story...

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Carlow University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize valued at $2,000 is given annually to a woman poet over 40 who has not published a book in any genre. The winner receives $1,000, publication in Voices From the...

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