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.

Mid-American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/15/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mid-American Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems for the James Wright Poetry...

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Center for Book Arts

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive an additional $500 to give a...

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Commonwealth Club of California

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/15/19

Five prizes are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, a first book of fiction, a book of creative nonfiction, and a book of fiction or nonfiction that...

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F(r)iction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given three times a year for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 1,000 to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by...

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Willow Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of creative nonfiction by writers of color. Using only the online...

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Silverfish Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a...

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/23/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $20,000 is given annually for a unified and complete sequence of poems published in the U.S. in a print or online journal, a chapbook, or a book. Three finalists,...

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/23/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication of a poem on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Submit two...

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 12/23/19
Genre: Poetry

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Poetry Society of America are given annually for poetry chapbooks by poets who have not published a full-length collection....

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Codhill Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. James Sherwood will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70...

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and two additional guest panelists (usually the winner’s agent and editor)...

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New Issues Poetry & Prose

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose is given annually for a book of poetry by a poet who has not published a full-length collection. Traci...

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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 12/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a nationally distributed book. Submit a story of...

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Crosswinds

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Crosswinds is given annually for a single poem. Richard Blanco will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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Two Sylvias Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Two Sylvias Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a woman over the age of 50. Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/19
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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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists will also be published in the 2020 Lascaux Prize...

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Cleveland Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/19

Three to four prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during...

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New Rivers Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by New Rivers Press, and 15 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an...

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The Moth

Cash Prize: $11,098
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 12/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €10,000 (approximately $11,098) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a single poem. Three runner-up prizes of €1,000 (approximately $1,109) each...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Florida Review is given annually for a chapbook of short fiction, short nonfiction, or graphic narrative. Submit a manuscript of...

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Before Columbus Foundation

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/19

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding liter-ary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’...

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Neukom Institute for Computational Science

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/19
Genre: Fiction

Two prizes of $5,000 each will be given annually for a debut book of speculative fiction and a book of speculative fiction published during the previous year. Winners must be...

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River Styx

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a short short story. Submit up to three stories of no more than 500 words each with a $15 entry...

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Three Percent

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/19
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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