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.

Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 1/24/18
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 the online submission system, submit up to five...

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Schaffner Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/28/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that "deals...

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Iowa Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Elizabeth Willis will judge in...

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Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Grants of $1,500 each are given annually to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants...

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New Millennium Writings

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a work of flash fiction, and a work of creative...

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Main Street Rag

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,200, publication by Main Street Rag, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors and previous winners will judge. Submit...

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Winter Anthology

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $11
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, or an essay. Dan Beachy-Quick will judge. Using the online...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a poetry collection published during the previous two years. Self-published works are eligible. Submit a book published in 2016 or...

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Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Autumn House Press will be given annually for a debut poetry collection by a writer age 33 or younger. Richard Siken will judge. Submit a...

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Balcones Center for Creative Writing

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 1/31/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three copies of...

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Crazyhorse

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Vijay Seshadri will judge in poetry, Kelly Link...

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Writers at Work

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Three prizes of publication in Quarterly West are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay or memoir excerpt. The winners also...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Red Hen Press, and a four-week residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a poetry collection. Richard Blanco will judge...

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Stadler Center for Poetry

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given in alternating years to poets, fiction...

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Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Up to five residencies of three to five months, each of which includes a stipend of up to $20,000 for three months or $28,000 for five months for living expenses, housing, and...

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry...

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Colgate University

Cash Prize: $40,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $40,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to poets, fiction writers, or...

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WB Yeats Society of NY

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the WB Yeats Society of NY website is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to a ceremony in New York City in the spring....

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Passaic County Community College

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review will be given annually for a poem or group of poems. Submit four copies of up to five poems of no more...

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Passaic County Community College

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet is expected to participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading at...

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Binghamton University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry...

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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 80 pages of poetry (no...

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Southern Illinois University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/2/18

Five prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection by an emerging writer, a poetry collection by an established writer, a book of literary fiction, a book of...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/9/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Indiana University Press will be given in alternating years for a collection of poetry or a collection of short fiction. The 2018 prize...

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Hippocrates Prize

Cash Prize: $1,320
Entry Fee: $9
Application Deadline: 2/14/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,320) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and on the website is given annually for a poem on a medical theme. An additional...

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