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.

Bitter Oleander Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee between May 1...

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North Carolina Humanities Council

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/16/17

A prize of $1,500 and a weeklong residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina, is given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or...

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Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/20/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem that has not won a national competition. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages with a $15 entry fee by June...

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Mexico

Cash Prize: $150,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/22/17

A prize of $150,000 is given annually to honor a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who writes in Catalan, French, Galician, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian...

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Literary Arts

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/23/17

Fellowships of $3,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. One Women...

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Cider Press Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The editors will judge. Submit a...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Myung Mi Kim will judge. Submit a...

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Bauhan Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Jennifer Militello will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50...

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Key West Literary Seminars

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Three prizes valued at $4,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and a novel-in-progress by writers who have not published a book with a major...

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University of Canberra

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $15,000 AUD (approximately $11,600) and publication in an e-book anthology is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $3,870)...

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Parlor Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Parlor Press in the Free Verse Editions series is given annually for a poetry collection. Marianne Boruch will judge. Using the online...

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National Poetry Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. C. J. Sage will judge. Submit via e-mail a manuscript of 45 to 75...

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Barrow Street Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Patricia Spears Jones will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with...

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Los Angeles Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/30/17

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. t'ai freedom ford...

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Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Cash Prize: $50,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $65,000 CAD (approximately $50,000) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator....

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Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/30/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner...

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Comstock Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 7/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a poem. Ellen Bass will judge. Submit a poem of up to 40 lines with a $5 entry fee by July 1....

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Claremont Graduate University

Cash Prize: $100,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/1/17
Genre: Poetry

The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner spends one week in residence at Claremont Graduate...

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Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 7/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website is given annually for a poem that explores "positive visions of peace and the human spirit."...

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Blue Mountain Center

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/1/17

A prize of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to an essayist or journalist whose...

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Bellevue Literary Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/1/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works about...

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Crab Orchard

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/10/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually...

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Ledbury Poetry Festival

Cash Prize: $1,250
Entry Fee: $6
Application Deadline: 7/13/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize £1,000 (approximately $1,250) and a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writers' Centre of Wales, is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at the...

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Rattle

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a poem. A Reader's Choice Award of $2,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Submit up to four...

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Emrys Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Emrys Press will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive a weeklong residency at the Rensing Center Artists...

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