Writing Contests, Grant & 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.

Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a very short story. Using the online submission system,...

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Friends of Falun Gong

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication on the Friends of Falun Gong website will be given annually for a poem that advocates for human rights in China. A panel of judges selected by...

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Prairie Heritage, Inc.

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/17

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that "illuminates the heritage of America's...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry, Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages with a $28 entry fee by April...

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Hidden River Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Sowilo Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, and 10 author copies is given annually for a first novel or short story collection by a...

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Marsh Hawk Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry, Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Meena Alexander will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84 pages with a $25...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for an essay collection, memoir, or book of narrative nonfiction. Mark Doty will judge. Using the online...

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Wick Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Kent State University Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Kent State...

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Pleiades Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/17
Genre: Poetry, Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to read at the University of Central Missouri in...

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Rosebud

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 5/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for a poem by a poet under the age of 40. Peter Thabit Jones, Molly Peacock, and John Smelcer will...

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Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society

Cash Prize: $7,500
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 5/1/17

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a novel. A prize of $2,000 for a book of nonfiction, and three prizes of $1,500 each for a short story, a novella, and a novel-in-...

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Sow's Ear Poetry Review

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

A prize of $1,000, publication by Sow's Ear Press with distribution to Sow's Ear Poetry Review subscribers, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry...

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Sonora Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/1/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Anselm Berrigan will judge...

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Leapfrog Press

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $33
Application Deadline: 5/1/17
Genre: Fiction, Fiction

A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or a novella. Jeffery Renard Allen and the editors will judge....

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Southwest Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a full-length book of fiction. Submit a...

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Maine Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/4/17

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. Writers...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet that will be published in the forthcoming year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid...

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Georgia Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the spring issue of Georgia Review is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit a poem of any length with a $15...

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St. Francis College

Cash Prize: $50,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially for a third, fourth, or fifth published book of fiction. Self-published books and English translations are eligible. Jeffery Renard Allen...

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not...

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Carve Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Carve Magazine is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic...

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Del Sol Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500, publication by Del Sol Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first novel. Hallie Ephron will judge. Using the online submission system, submit...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living poet published in the United States during the previous year. Copies of the winning book are purchased...

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Breakwater Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a single poem. Jill McDonough will judge. Submit three poems of any length with a $10...

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