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.

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website is given annually for a single poem that explores “positive visions of peace and the human spirit...

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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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Blue Mountain Center

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/1/19

A prize of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to an essayist or journalist whose...

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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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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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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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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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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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Sustainable Arts Foundation

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

Up to twenty awards of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one child under the age of...

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