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.

American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 4/20/20

Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of prose translated from any language into English and published in the previous year. For the...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 4/23/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/27/20

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or hybrid-genre work. Ander...

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Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Malena Mörling will judge. Using only the...

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Ashland Poetry Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ashland Poetry Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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University of Pittsburgh Press

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Tupelo Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Bin Ramke will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48...

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Beloit Poetry Journal

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Beloit Poetry Journal is given annually for a single poem. Ellen Bass will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit...

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Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Sandy Longhorn will judge. Using only the online submission...

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University of Iowa Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
Genre: Poetry

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20 entry fee during the month of April. Visit...

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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Ghost Story website is given twice yearly for a short story with a supernatural or magic realism theme. The winning work will...

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Inlandia Institute

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Inlandia Institute are given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. resident and a poetry collection by a poet residing in...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/20

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Dennis Norris II will judge. Using only the online...

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Poetry Foundation

Cash Prize: $25,800
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
Genre: Poetry

Five fellowships of $25,800 each are given annually to U.S. poets between the ages of 21 and 31. Using only the online submission system, submit 10 pages of poetry and a one-...

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Bristol Short Story Prize

Cash Prize: $1,310
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,310) and publication in Bristol Short Stories Prize Anthology Volume 13 will be given annually for a short story. Billy Kahora,...

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Marsh Hawk Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Susan Howe will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Moon City Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Moon City Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Willie Morris Awards

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel published during the previous year that is set in the South and reflects Willie Morris’s “hope for belonging, for belief in a...

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Willie Morris Awards

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 is given annually for a single poem that evokes the American South. Susan Kinsolving will judge. Submit one poem of up to three pages by May 1. There is no...

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Atlanta Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Atlanta Review is given annually for a single poem. Using only the online submission system, submit up to five poems of any length...

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Breakwater Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a single poem. Oliver Baez Bendorf will judge. Submit three poems of any length with a $10...

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Australian Book Review

Cash Prize: $4,095
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of AUD $6,000 (approximately $4,095) is given annually for a story. A second-place prize of AUD $4,000 (approximately $2,730) and a third-place prize of AUD $2,500 (...

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Leapfrog Press

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $33
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, novel, or novella. Cris Mazza and the Leapfrog editors will judge. Using...

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Wick Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Kent State University Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. The winner is also invited to teach a weeklong writing...

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Georgia Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Georgia Review is given annually for a single poem. Ilya Kaminsky will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10...

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