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.

Crosswinds

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Crosswinds is given annually for a single poem. Richard Blanco will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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Three Percent

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two awards of $10,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or novel translated into English for the first time and published in the...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Florida Review is given annually for a chapbook of short fiction, short nonfiction, or graphic narrative. Submit a manuscript of...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Massachusetts Museum of...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/31/19
Genre: Fiction

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

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Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Cash Prize: $49,024
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/19
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $65,000 CAD (approximately $49,024) each are given annually for poetry collections published during the previous year by a Canadian poet or translator and by an...

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Livingston Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Livingston Press, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first collection of short stories by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of...

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Mississippi Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 1/1/20

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Current or former University of Southern...

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Bayou Magazine

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and a subscription to Bayou Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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Nowhere Magazine

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “possesses a powerful sense of place.” Porter...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 1/2/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $8...

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San José State University

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/2/20

Yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $15,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and creative...

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North Carolina Writers’ Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/2/20

A prize of $1,000 and possible publication in the Carolina Quarterly is given annually for a short story or an essay that “conveys the rich and varied existence of...

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Frost Place

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 1/5/20
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: 1/6/20
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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WOMR/WFMR Community Radio

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/14/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than seven pages with a $15 entry fee by January 14,...

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Colorado Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 1/14/20
Genre: Poetry

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

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French-American Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/14/20

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published...

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BkMk Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 1/15/20
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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Literal Latté

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 1/15/20
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 stories...

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Asheville Poetry Review

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to read at Malaprop’s Bookstore in...

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University of Notre Dame

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/15/20
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. John...

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Australian Book Review

Cash Prize: $3,392
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 1/15/20

A prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $3,392) is given annually for an essay. A second-place prize of $2,500 AUD (approximately $1,696) will also be given. The winners will be...

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Public Poetry

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication in an anthology, and an invitation to give a reading in Houston is given annually for a single poem on a theme. This year’s theme is “Wicked Wit...

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Breakwater Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 1/15/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a story. Submit a story of 1,000 to 5,000 words with a $10 entry fee by January 15, 2020....

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