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.

River Styx

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/31/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a short short story. Submit up to three stories of no more than 500 words each with a $15 entry...

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Mississippi Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 1/1/21

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Current or former University of Southern...

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North Carolina Writers’ Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/2/21

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or an essay that “conveys the rich and varied existence of Black North Carolinians.” The winning entry will be considered...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 1/2/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with an $8...

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San José State University

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/2/21

Yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $15,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and creative...

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Leon Levy Center for Biography

Cash Prize: $72,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/4/21

Four fellowships of $72,000, writing space at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, access to research facilities, and research assistance from a graduate student will be...

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New Guard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 1/11/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in the New Guard are given annually for a poem and a short story. Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven will judge. Using only the...

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WOMR/WFMR Community Radio

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/12/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than seven pages with a $15 entry fee by January 12,...

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National Endowment for the Arts

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/13/21

Grants of up to $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in collaboration, at...

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Colorado Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 1/14/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Sherwin Bitsui will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100...

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French-American Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/14/21

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published...

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Australian Book Review

Cash Prize: $3,392
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 1/15/21

A prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $3,648) is given annually for an essay. A second-place prize of $2,500 AUD (approximately $1,825) will also be given. The winners will be...

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Ellen Meloy Fund

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/15/21

A prize of $5,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer “whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Ellen Meloy’s writing” to...

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Asheville Poetry Review

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore...

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Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/15/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $500 each and publication by Autumn House Press will be given annually for a debut poetry collection and a debut book of fiction by writers who are 36 years old...

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