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.

Gival Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 5/30/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Gival Press is given biennially for a novel. Submit a manuscript of 30,000 to 100,000 words with a $50 entry fee by May 30. Visit the...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 5/31/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Christy Stillwell will judge. Submit a...

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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a short story collection. Peter Conners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 90 to 200 pages with a $25...

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Anhinga Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 5/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee ($...

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Bridport Arts Centre

Cash Prize: $6,450
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/31/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $6,450) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. Two second-place prizes of £1,...

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Milkweed Editions

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually to a U.S. poet for a debut poetry collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Southern Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. Submit three to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20...

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University of Georgia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Roxane Gay will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Oversound

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 5/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Oversound, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. francine j. harris will judge. Using only the online...

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PEN America

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/1/20

Grants of $2,000 to $4,000 each are given annually to support the translation of book-length works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that have not previously appeared...

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Stony Brook Southampton

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story by a college student. The winner also receives a full scholarship to attend the Southampton Writers Conference in July...

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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 6/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed...

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McGill University

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $19
Application Deadline: 6/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $20,000 CAD (approximately $14,500) and publication in the 2020 Global Poetry Anthology is given biennially for a poem. Yusef Komunyakaa will judge, and Jordan Abel...

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Salamander

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Salamander is given annually for a short story. Elliot Ackerman will judge. Submit a story of up to 30 pages with a $15 entry fee...

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Crook’s Corner Book Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 6/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a debut novel set in the American South. The winner will also be entitled to a complimentary glass of wine every day for a year at Crook...

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American Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 2,000 to 6,...

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Writer’s Digest

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 6/5/20

A prize of $5,000, publication on the Writer’s Digest website, and an all-expenses paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a...

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Western Connecticut State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/14/20

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in the previous year. The winners also receive $500 in travel expenses to...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 6/15/20

Four prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers for books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, and biography or autobiography (including memoir) published in...

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University of Akron Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Philip Metres will judge. Using only the online submission system,...

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Bard College

Cash Prize: $30,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give...

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Bitter Oleander Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee between May 1...

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Towson University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/20

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a current resident of Maryland who has lived in the state for at least three years...

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Willow Springs Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/15/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Willow Springs Books is given annually for a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of three or more stories totaling at least 98...

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New American Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication by New American Press is given annually for a book of fiction. Nick White will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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