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.

Cutthroat

Cash Prize: $1,300
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

Three prizes of $1,300 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Patricia Spears Jones will judge the Joy...

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River Teeth

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Phillip Lopate will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150...

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PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the current year. Four finalists will each receive $5,000. The winner and finalists will also be...

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Bauhan Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 50 author copies is given annually for an essay collection. Anne Barngrover will judge. Submit a manuscript of 120 to...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Red Hen Press, and a four-week residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a poetry collection. Marilyn Nelson will judge...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given three times yearly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Indiana University Press is given in alternating years for a collection of poetry or a collection of short fiction. The 2019 prize will be...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Visit the...

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Comstock Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by the Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given biennially for a poetry chapbook. Peggy Miller will judge. Submit a manuscript of 25...

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American Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by American Poetry Review is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winning book is distributed by Copper Canyon Press...

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Tucson Festival of Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel discussion at the...

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Persea Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a first poetry collection by a woman who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The winner also...

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North American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in North American Review is given annually for a poem. Dana Levin will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to five...

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Poetry Society of the United Kingdom

Cash Prize: $6,500
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $6,500) and publication on the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom website is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £2,000 (...

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University of North Texas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Peter Balakian will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Liz Robbins will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $30 entry...

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Cloudbank Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Cloudbank Books is given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or a combination of the two. Christopher Buckley will judge....

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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $...

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Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Autumn House Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Gerry LaFemina will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Alice James Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet residing in the United States. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet...

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Malahat Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 11/1/18

Three prizes of CAD $2,000 (approximately $1,500) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit...

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Sow's Ear Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sow's Ear Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit up to five poems with a $30 entry fee, which includes a subscription...

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a novel, a short story collection, a novella, or a novella collection. U.S. writers who have...

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Brick Road Poetry Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Brick Road Poetry Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Keith Badowski and Ron Self will judge. Using the...

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