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.

The Word Works

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Word Works is given annually to a U.S. or Canadian poet for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

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James Jones Literary Society

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $33
Application Deadline: 3/15/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work will be published in ...

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Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $100
Application Deadline: 3/15/20

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that “foster peace,...

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National Poetry Series

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 3/15/20
Genre: Poetry

Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers include Beacon...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Sowilo Press is given annually for a first book of fiction by a woman writer over the age of 40. Using only the online submission system,...

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Washington College

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/20

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is given annually to a novelist or nonfiction writer working on a book relating to the literature, history, culture, or art...

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42 Miles Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by 42 Miles Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Indiana University in South...

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Hub City Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 3/16/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hub City Press is given biennially for a novel. Writers who have lived in South Carolina for more than one year are eligible. Stephanie...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/20/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a single poem. Previously published and unpublished poems are eligible. The winners and...

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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/23/20

A prize of $1,000 and publication in TulipTree Review is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that tells a story about “women who are the heroines of...

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Sonora Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/27/20

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are given annually for a poem and a short story on a theme. The 2020 contest theme is “Wonder.” Using only...

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Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $6
Application Deadline: 3/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem written in metrical verse. The winner also receives a scholarship and a $400 honorarium to give a reading at the Frost Farm...

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Chautauqua Institution

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/20

A prize of $5,000 and publication in Chautauqua will be given annually to an emerging prose writer. The winner will also receive lodging and travel expenses to give a...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 3/31/20

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of fiction or...

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Banipal Trust for Arab Literature

Cash Prize: $3,945
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,945) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English and published for the first time in English...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,100
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,100) and publication in the 2020 Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to read at the...

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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 3/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center is given annually for a poetry collection. Randall Mann will judge. Using only the online...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 3/31/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $8 entry fee by...

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Arts & Letters

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/20

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Cate Marvin will judge in...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Sarah Kennedy will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages...

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Four Way Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given annually to a U.S. poet for a poetry collection. The winner will also be invited to participate in a reading in New...

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Restless Books

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/20

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books is given in alternating years for a debut book of fiction or nonfiction by a first-generation immigrant. The 2020 prize...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using only...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Indiana Review are given annually for a group of poems and a story. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/20

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

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