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.

Prairie Heritage, Inc.

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/1/19

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that “illuminates the heritage of America’s mid-...

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Claremont Graduate University

Cash Prize: $100,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/1/19
Genre: Poetry

The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner spends one week in residence at Claremont Graduate...

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Nowhere Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/1/19

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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Bellevue Literary Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/1/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works...

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Stone Canoe

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/8/19

Three prizes of $500 each and publication in Stone Canoe are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by writers who are current or past...

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Literary Arts

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/8/19

Fellowships of $3,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. One Women...

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Crab Orchard

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/8/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/14/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem or group of poems. The poetry editors will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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Cincinnati Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Cincinnati Review are given annually for a poem and a piece of fiction or creative nonfiction. Rebecca Lindenberg will...

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Santa Fe Writers Project

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/15/19

A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Santa Fe Writers Project is given biennially for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. Carmen Maria Machado will judge. Submit a...

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The Story Prize

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 7/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $20,000 is given annually for a short story collection written in English and published in the United States in the previous year. Two runners-up receive $5,000 each...

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Literal Latté

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 7/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Submit up to ten poems totaling no more than 2,000 words each with a...

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Comstock Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 7/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a single poem. David Kirby will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to five...

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The Word Works

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Word Works is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published at least two full-length books of poetry. Nancy White...

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Rattle

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a poem. A Reader’s Choice Award of $2,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Submit up to four...

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Ledbury Poetry Festival

Cash Prize: $1,300
Entry Fee: $7
Application Deadline: 7/18/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,300); a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writing Centre of Wales; and publication on the Ledbury Poetry Festival website is given annually...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 7/24/19
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 the online submission system, submit up to five...

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Kore Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 7/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Kore Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection by a woman, trans, or gender-nonconforming poet. Erica Hunt will...

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Emrys Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Emrys Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive a weeklong residency at the Rensing Center near...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 7/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press is given annually for a story collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of any length with a $...

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Sewanee Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sewanee Review will be given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Carl Phillips will judge in poetry and...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Press 53, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Tom Lombardo will judge. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 120 pages with...

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New Millennium Writings

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/19

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal's website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short...

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Journal of Experimental Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction/Depth Charge Publishing is given annually for an innovative novel. Jason E. Rolfe will judge....

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Munster Literature Centre

Cash Prize: $2,250
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,250) and publication in Southword is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Anam...

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