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.

Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/18

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African...

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Tampa Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by University of Tampa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28 for...

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New Rivers Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/18

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by New Rivers Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an emerging writer....

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Cleveland Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/18

Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published during the previous year that "contribute to our understanding of racism and...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Massachusetts Museum of...

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Three Percent

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two awards of $10,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or novel translated into English for the first time and published in the...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Press 53, and 50 author copies is given annually for a story collection. Kevin Morgan Watson will judge. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 250...

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Crosswinds

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Crosswinds is given annually for a poem. Tina Cane will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of no...

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and the winner's agent will also receive lodging and travel expenses to...

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Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Cash Prize: $50,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Poetry

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

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Mississippi Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/1/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Current or former University of Southern...

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Bayou Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/1/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and a subscription to Bayou Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems of any length or a story or...

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Whitefish Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Whitefish Review is given annually for a short story. Rick Bass will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of...

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North Carolina Writers’ Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/2/19

A prize of $1,000 and possible publication in Carolina Quarterly will be given annually for a short story or an essay that “conveys the rich and varied existence of...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 1/2/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given annually for a short story about families of any configuration....

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $7
Application Deadline: 1/2/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $7 entry fee...

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San José State University

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/2/19

Yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $15,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and creative...

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Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/3/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. The winners and finalists for the prize, which is cosponsored by Loyola Marymount University, will be invited to read at Beyond...

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Frost Place

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 1/5/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and a six- to eight-week residency at the Frost Place, Robert Frost's former home in Franconia, New Hampshire, is given annually to a poet who has published...

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Poets & Writers, Inc.

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/7/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet...

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French-American Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/14/19

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published...

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Colorado Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/14/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Kazim Ali will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages...

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Literal Latté

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 1/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two...

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Asheville Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville,...

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WOMR/WFMR Community Radio

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than seven pages with a $15 entry fee by January 15, 2019....

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