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.

W. B. Yeats Society of New York

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the W. B. Yeats Society of New York website is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to a ceremony in New York City...

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Main Street Rag

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 2/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,200, publication by Main Street Rag, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors and previous winners will judge. Submit a...

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Binghamton University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry...

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Passaic County Community College

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet is expected to participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading at...

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Passaic County Community College

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 2/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review is given annually for a single poem. Submit three copies of up to five poems of no more than two pages each...

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Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/20

Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given annually to fiction and nonfiction writers...

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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 2/3/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $4,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 80 pages of poetry (no...

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Southern Illinois University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/8/20

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction published in the previous year. Each winner will...

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Furious Flower Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/10/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Obsidian, the literary journal of Illinois State University, is given annually for a group of poems. The winner also receives...

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Center for Fiction

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/14/20
Genre: Fiction

Nine fellowships of $5,000 each, membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and access to the Writers Studio writing space at the center are given annually to...

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Hippocrates Prize

Cash Prize: $1,260
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 2/14/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,260) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and on the website is given annually for a single poem on a medical theme. A prize...

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Milkweed Editions

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/14/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet currently residing in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A fellowship of $10,000 is given biennially for a book of modern Italian poetry translated into English and published in the United States during the previous year. Maria Frank...

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Sarabande Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $29
Application Deadline: 2/15/20
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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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry translated from any language into English and published in the United States during the previous year. Collaborations...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 75 to 100...

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Colgate University

Cash Prize: $42,745
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/20

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $42,745, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to poets, fiction writers, or...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe is given annually for a book of poetry originally written in Spanish by a living writer and translated...

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Salem State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 2/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East is given annually for a group of poems. Erika Meitner will judge. Submit 8 to 10 pages of poetry (no more than one...

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Ruminate

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/15/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 2/18/20
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. Jericho Brown will judge. Submit a...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/20

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a woman. Martha Cooley will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Sustainable Arts Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/28/20

Up to twenty awards of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one child under the age of...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,100
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/28/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,100) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. Tania Hershman will judge. Submit a story...

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National Poetry Series

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 2/28/20
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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