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.

Talking Gourds

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $9
Application Deadline: 5/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. The winner also receives $500 in travel expenses to attend the Telluride Literary Arts Festival in Colorado in May. Joan Logghe...

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Pleiades Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives $1,000 to fund a book tour. The editors will judge....

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Sow's Ear Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Sow's Ear Press with distribution to Sow's Ear Poetry Review subscribers, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry...

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Moon City Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Moon City Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25...

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Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society

Cash Prize: $7,500
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 5/1/18

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a novel. A prize of $2,000 is given for a book of nonfiction; three prizes of $1,500 each are given for a short story, a novella, and a...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/18

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet to be published in the current year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid weeklong...

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Breakwater Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 5/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a single poem. Jill McDonough will judge. Submit three poems of any length with a $10...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 5/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living poet published in the United States during the previous year. Copies of the winning book are purchased...

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Georgia Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Georgia Review is given annually for a poem. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than ten pages with a $15 entry fee (there...

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/18

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Each winner also receives a...

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