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.

Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 8/31/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or an essay collection by a queer writer. Uzodinma Iweala will judge...

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Grid Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Grid Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a writer over the age of 60. Jon Davis will judge. Using the online submission...

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Aesthetica

Cash Prize: $1,225
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £1,000 (approximately $1,225) each and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual are given annually for a poem and a short story. The winner...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Rachel Zucker will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to...

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University of New Orleans Press

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 and publication by University of New Orleans Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Masters Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
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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Ex Ophidia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ex Ophidia Press, and 15 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Richard-Gabriel Rummonds will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $6
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of up to 1,000 words with a $6...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Black Lawrence Press is given annually for a debut collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the online...

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Utica College

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a resident of upstate New York. The winner will also give a reading and teach a...

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Black Warrior Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/1/19

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Tommy Pico will judge in poetry, Rivers...

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Radar Poetry

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Radar Poetry is given annually for a group of poems by a woman. Using the online submission system, submit three to six poems with...

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Dogwood

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 9/5/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Dogwood are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10...

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Harvard University

Cash Prize: $77,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/12/19

Fellowships of $77,500 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and...

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University of Wisconsin Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/15/19
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Wisconsin Press are given annually for poetry collections. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 90 pages with a $28 entry fee...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 9/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given in alternating years for a group of poems or a prose excerpt translated from any language into English. The...

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Red Mountain Press

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Mountain Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $30 entry fee by September 15....

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John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Cash Prize: $50,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/16/19

Fellowships of approximately $50,000 each are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise....

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Manchester Metropolitan University

Cash Prize: $12,700
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 9/20/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £10,000 (approximately $12,700) each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The winners will be invited to attend an award ceremony in...

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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 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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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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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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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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