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.

Bellingham Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for...

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Sonora Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/15/18

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. The 2018 contest theme is "...

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Slope Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Slope Editions is given annually for a poetry collection. Ocean Vuong will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 90 pages with a $22 entry...

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The Word Works

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
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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The Writer's Center

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Authors, publishers, and agents may submit three copies of a novel...

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Washington College

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/18

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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The Pinch

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Maggie Smith will judge in poetry, Carmen Maria...

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Kundiman/Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an Asian American poet. The board members of Kundiman and Tupelo Press will judge...

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Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an unpublished poem. Richard Blanco will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March...

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Southampton Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/15/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southampton Review is given annually for a personal essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 4,500...

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Hunger Mountain

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ephemeral Artery, Hunger Mountain's online publication, are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Sowilo Press is given annually for a novel or story collection by a woman writer over the age of 40. Using the online submission system,...

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Sarabande Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $29
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a...

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Prairie Schooner

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. An editorial board will...

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James Jones Literary Society

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
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: 3/16/18

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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Cave Canem Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/16/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Graywolf Press is given annually for a first book of poetry by a black poet of African descent. Chris Abani will judge. Using the online...

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Fourth Genre

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/20/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $20...

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New South

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/21/18

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Safiya Sinclair will judge in poetry, and Alissa Nutting...

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Enizagam

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/23/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Enizagam are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Jesse Nathan will judge in poetry, and Rachel Khong...

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Sozopol Seminars

Cash Prize: $1,600
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/28/18

Ten scholarships, valued at approximately $1,600 each, to attend the Sozopol Seminars in Sozopol, Bulgaria, are given in alternating years to five fiction or creative...

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Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $6
Application Deadline: 3/30/18
Genre: Poetry

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

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $7
Application Deadline: 3/31/18
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 $7 entry fee by...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 3/31/18

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: $4,020
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $4,020) 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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