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.

Ahsahta Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Ahsahta Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Boise State University are...

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Broadside Lotus Press

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript of 60 to 90...

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Hunger Mountain

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/1/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Hunger Mountain website are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Natalie Diaz will judge in...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 3/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press is given annually for a book of historical fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a story collection, a...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/19

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...

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Selected Shorts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop is given annually for a short story. The winning work will be...

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University of Wisconsin

Cash Prize: $38,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 3/1/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of at least $38,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to at least five writers working on a...

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Mississippi Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/19

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in...

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Mad Creek Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/19

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Mad Creek Books, the trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a collection of short prose. Nick White will judge...

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Alabama State Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/19

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using...

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Persea Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/7/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published at least one book of poetry. Using the online...

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Colorado Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/14/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Joan Silber will judge. Submit a story of 2,500 to 12,500 words with a $15...

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Fourth Genre

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $20...

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Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 3/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an unpublished poem. Brenda Hillman will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March...

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Southampton Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/15/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southampton Review is given annually for a personal essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 4,500...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 3/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Sowilo Press is given annually for a book of fiction by a woman writer over the age of 40. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Sonora Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/15/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems and a short story. The 2019 contest theme is “Doubt.” Raquel...

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Verse

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication by Factory Hollow Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive a monthlong residency from May 20 to June 20, 2020...

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James Jones Literary Society

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work will be published in ...

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The Word Works

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Word Works is given annually to a U.S. or Canadian poet for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

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The Writer’s Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Authors, publishers, or agents may submit three copies of a novel...

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Prairie Schooner

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. An editorial board will...

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Washington College

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/19

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is given annually to a novelist or nonfiction writer working on a book relating to the literature, history, culture, or art...

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Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $100
Application Deadline: 3/15/19

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that “foster peace,...

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F(r)iction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 will be given three times a year for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 1,000 to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by March...

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