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.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Cash Prize: $50,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/19/17

Fellowships of approximately $50,000 each are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise....

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New York Public Library

Cash Prize: $70,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/29/17

Up to 15 fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at...

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Manchester Metropolitan University

Cash Prize: $13,000
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 9/29/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £10,000 (approximately $13,000) each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The winners will be invited to attend an award ceremony in...

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American Academy in Berlin

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/29/17

Residential fellowships are given annually to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers to spend an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the...

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California State University in Fresno

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Anhinga Press is given annually for a poetry collection. C. G. Hanzlicek will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

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University of Massachusetts Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a poem in any style and a poem that either rhymes or is written in a traditional...

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Southwest Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a poem or a group of poems by a writer who has not published a poetry collection. Submit up...

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New Criterion

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by St. Augustine's Press is given annually for a poetry collection that pays close attention to form. Roger Kimball, Charles Martin, and David...

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Mad Creek Books

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Mad Creek Books, the literary trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a poetry collection. Kathy Fagan will...

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University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Billy Collins will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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Cave Canem Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize valued at approximately $2,500 is given annually for a poetry chapbook by a black poet. The winner will receive $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books, and a weeklong...

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New Issues Poetry & Prose

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose, and a reading at Western Michigan University is given annually for a poetry collection. Poets who have...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a poem. The winner and finalists will also be published in the 2018 Lascaux Prize...

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American Literary Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/1/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 10/1/17

Four prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, and biography or autobiography (...

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Michigan State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Wheelbarrow Books with distribution by Michigan State University Press will be given biennially to a poet who has published at least one...

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Missouri Review

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 10/2/17

Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or...

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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/2/17

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Southern Indiana Review are given annually for a poem, a work of fiction, and a work of creative nonfiction. Maggie...

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Carlow University

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/2/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize valued at $2,000 is given annually to a woman poet over 40 who has not published a book in any genre. The winner receives $1,000; publication in Voices From the...

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American Antiquarian Society

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/5/17

Up to three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for monthlong residencies at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) in...

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Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review will be given annually for a single poem or a group of poems. Published and unpublished poems are...

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Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship

Cash Prize: $58,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/15/17
Genre: Poetry

An award of approximately $58,000 is given annually to a U.S. poet for a year of travel and study abroad. Submit two copies of up to 40 pages of poetry or a published book and...

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Silverfish Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length...

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Barnard College

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Norton is given biennially for a second poetry collection by a U.S. woman poet. Rosanna Warren will judge. Submit three copies of a...

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