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.

Livingston Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Livingston Press, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first collection of short stories by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of...

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Bellingham Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/21

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for...

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Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem. Kim Stafford will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March 15. Send...

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Airlie Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Airlie Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Prairie Schooner

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
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. Kwame Dawes will judge....

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using only...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given biennially for an essay collection, memoir, or book of narrative and/or research-driven nonfiction. Deborah Thompson...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 3/31/21

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 fiction or...

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Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/21

A prize of $20,000 will be given annually to a writer “who, like Paul Engle, represents a pioneering spirit in the world of literature through writing, editing, publishing, or...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/31/21

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Stacy R. Nigliazzo will judge in poetry and Dennis...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,188
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 3/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,188) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to read at the...

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Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $6
Application Deadline: 3/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem written in metrical verse. The winner also receives a scholarship to attend and give a reading at the Frost Farm Poetry...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Indiana Review are given annually for a poem and a story. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Kirun Kapur will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 3/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with an $8 entry fee by...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner and finalists will also be published in the annual print edition of...

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Chautauqua Institution

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/21

A prize of $5,000 and publication in Chautauqua is given annually for a single work of fiction or nonfiction by an emerging writer. The winner will also give a lecture...

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Four Way Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner will also be invited to participate in a reading in New York City....

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Restless Books

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/21

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books is given in alternating years for a debut book of fiction or nonfiction by a first-generation immigrant. The 2021 prize...

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Banipal Trust for Arab Literature

Cash Prize: $4,029
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $4,029) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English and published for the first time in English...

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Arts & Letters

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/21

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Romeo Oriogun will judge in...

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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center is given annually for a poetry collection. Shane McCrae will judge. Using only the online...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a humorous poem. A second-place prize of $500 is also awarded. Jendi Reiter will judge....

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Zone 3 Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/1/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a book of nonfiction. Wendy S. Walters will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Saturnalia Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Saturnalia Books, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Sabrina Orah Mark will judge. Using only the online...

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