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.

Conduit Books & Ephemera

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Conduit Books & Ephemera, and 25 author copies will be given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using the online...

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Bitter Oleander Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/15/19
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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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 6/17/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Tongo Eisen-Martin will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20...

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Bard College

Cash Prize: $30,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/17/19
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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Maine Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/20/19

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. The...

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Mexico

Cash Prize: $150,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/22/19

A prize of $150,000 is given annually to honor the lifetime achievement of a poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer who writes in Catalan, French, Galician,...

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Artist Trust

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/24/19

Grants of up to $1,500 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are residents of Washington State. Students enrolled in a degree-granting...

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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/25/19

Three prizes are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer to honor their first books. The winners each receive an all-expenses-paid trip to...

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Feminist Press/TAYO Literary Magazine

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/28/19

A prize of $5,000 and publication by the Feminist Press will be given annually for a debut book of fiction or narrative nonfiction by a woman of color or a nonbinary writer of...

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Munster Literature Center

Cash Prize: $1,130
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,130) and publication by the Munster Literature Center is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive accommodations...

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Milkweed Editions

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
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 the online submission system, submit a manuscript...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a work of flash fiction. Previously published and unpublished stories are eligible. The...

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Cider Press Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48...

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The Moth

Cash Prize: $3,380
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,380) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of publication, a weeklong retreat at...

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Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Cash Prize: $49,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
Genre: Poetry

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

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Los Angeles Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/30/19

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Matty Layne Glasgow...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $60
Application Deadline: 6/30/19

A grand prize of $3,000 and six additional prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for self-published books of poetry, fiction, genre fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic...

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University of North Texas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Bauhan Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Deborah Gorlin will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80...

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Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/30/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner...

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Barrow Street Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Jericho Brown will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25...

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University of Pittsburgh Press

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Writers who have published at least one previous book...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using the online submission...

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University of Canberra

Cash Prize: $10,600
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of AUD $15,000 (approximately $10,600) and publication in the prize anthology is given annually for a single poem. A second-place prize of AUD $5,000 (approximately $3,...

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Parlor Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Parlor Press in the Free Verse Editions series is given annually for a poetry collection. Peter Gizzi will judge. Using the online...

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