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.

University of Akron Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/19
Genre: Poetry

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

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 6/15/19

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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American-Scandinavian Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/19

A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a work of poetry, fiction, or creative...

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Western Connecticut State University

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

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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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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Towson University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/19

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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Philadelphia Stories

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Philadelphia Stories is given annually for a short story. The winner will also receive travel and lodging expenses to read at...

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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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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 6/24/19
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Willow Springs Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/30/19
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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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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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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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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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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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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