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.

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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Nimrod International Journal

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/1/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for a group of poems and a work of fiction. A runner-up in each category...

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Oberon

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/10/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Oberon is given annually for a single poem. Submit up to three poems of no more than two pages each with an $18 entry fee, which...

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Hub City Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hub City Press is given biennially for a poetry collection. U.S. poets who have published no more than one full-length poetry collection...

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University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a writer of Arab heritage. Series editors Hayan...

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New Ohio Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/21

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit a poem or group of...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/15/21

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit...

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Spoon River Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Spoon River Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner also receives a $500 honorarium and travel and lodging...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Publishing is given annually for a book-length work of nonfiction. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Pen Parentis

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/17/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Dreamers Creative Writing Magazine is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 4/19/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in OmniVerse, the online journal of Omnidawn Publishing, is given annually for a single poem. The winner also receives 50 copies of a...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/19/21

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction translated from Italian into English and published in the previous year. Publishers or translators may...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 4/19/21

Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of prose translated from any language into English and published in the previous year. For the...

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Whiting Foundation

Cash Prize: $40,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/19/21

Up to eight grants of $40,000 each are given annually for creative nonfiction works-in-progress to enable writers to complete their books. Creative nonfiction writers under...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $6,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/19/21

A prize of $6,000 is given annually for a book of poetry or a text from Zen Buddhism translated from an Asian language into English and published in the previous year....

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 4/23/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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F(r)iction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/29/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given twice yearly for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 1,000 to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by April 29. All...

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University of Pittsburgh Press

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee...

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University of Mississippi

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel published during the previous year that is set in the South and reflects Willie Morris’s “hope for belonging, for belief in a...

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a single poem. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems with a...

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Ashland Poetry Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ashland Poetry Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Maggie Anderson will judge. Using only the online...

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Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Steve Healey will judge. Using only the...

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University of Mississippi

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 is given annually for a single poem that evokes the American South. The winner will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to Oxford, Mississippi, for the...

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