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.

Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/18

A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the...

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/18

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been rejected by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes “worthy manuscripts that...

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Perugia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a woman. Submit a manuscript of 45 to 85 pages with a $27 entry...

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Nightboat Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Nightboat Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Kazim Ali and Stephen Motika will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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Yale University Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry

An award of publication by Yale University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an early-career poet who has not published a full-length book of poetry. Carl...

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The Story Prize

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Fiction

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

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Sonora Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/15/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sonora Review is given annually for a work of nonfiction on a theme. This year’s theme is “Desire.” Using the online submission...

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Writer’s Digest

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and travel and lodging expenses for a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. The winner will also...

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Washington Writers Publishing House

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers Publishing House, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or...

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Pleiades Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. The winner...

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Ruminate

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/15/18

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit an essay or short memoir...

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Pleiades Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/18

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press is given annually for a collection of short stories, short short...

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Narrative

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

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of fiction or creative...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 11/30/18

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A second-...

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Quarter After Eight

Cash Prize: $1,008
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/18

A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight is given annually for a prose poem, a short short story, or a micro-essay. Submit up to three pieces of no...

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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a first book of poetry by a U.S. resident. Patricia Smith will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100...

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Munster Literature Center

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $6
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,200), publication in Southword, and a weeklong residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, is given annually...

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Two Sylvias Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Two Sylvias Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a woman over the age of 50. Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy...

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Cider Press Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Leona Sevick will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48...

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Mid-American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mid-American Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems for the James Wright Poetry...

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University of Georgia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives travel expenses and $1,000 per event to...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,400
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,400) and publication in the annual Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short story. The winner will also be invited to attend...

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems with a $15 entry...

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Beloit Poetry Journal

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Beloit Poetry Journal, and 50 author copies will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Using the online...

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Dappled Things

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 and publication in Dappled Things will be given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story...

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