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.

Sustainable Arts Foundation

Cash Prize: $6,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 8/31/17

Ten awards of $6,000 each and ten awards of $2,000 each are given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least...

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New Guard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
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. Mark Doty will judge the Knightville Poetry Contest; Chris...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short short story. Using the online submission...

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Utica College

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a resident of upstate New York. The winner will also give a reading and teach a...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 8/31/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or an essay collection by a queer writer. Ryka Aoki will judge....

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 8/31/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a piece of short prose. Roxane Gay will judge. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given in alternating years for a group of poems or a prose excerpt translated from any language into English. The...

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Snake Nation Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novella. Submit a story collection of up to 200 pages or a novella...

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Radar Poetry

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 9/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Radar Poetry will be given annually for a group of poems by a woman. Dorothea Lasky will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Charles Yu will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 150 pages...

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phren-Z

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 9/1/17
Genre: Poetry

Sponsored in collaboration with Santa Cruz Writes, a prize of $1,000 and publication in phren-Z is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to give a...

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Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Winners and finalists will be invited to read at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California, in April 2018. Submit up to four poems of...

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Slippery Elm

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 9/1/17

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to...

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Black Warrior Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/1/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Rachel McKibbens will judge in poetry,...

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New York Public Library

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/2/17
Genre: Fiction

Five prizes of $10,000 are each given annually for a novel or short story collection published in the current year by a writer age 35 or younger. Publishers may submit 10...

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Dogwood

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 9/5/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Dogwood are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10...

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Red Mountain Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Mountain Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Irena Praitis will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $28...

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