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.

Talking Gourds

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $9
Application Deadline: 5/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. The winner also receives $500 in travel expenses to attend the Telluride Literary Arts Festival in Colorado in May. Rafael Jesús...

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Bristol Short Story Prize

Cash Prize: $1,300
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 5/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,300) is given annually for a short story. The winning story and nineteen shortlisted stories will be published in the Bristol Short...

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Leapfrog Press

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $33
Application Deadline: 5/1/19
Genre: Fiction

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

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Southwest Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/19
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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Moon City Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Moon City Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript...

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Gaudy Boy Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Gaudy Boy, an imprint of the literary nonprofit Singapore Unbound, will be given annually for a poetry collection by an Asian writer. Vijay...

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National Book Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $135
Application Deadline: 5/15/19

Four prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to honor books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and young people’s literature written by U.S. writers and published in the United...

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American Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem by a poet under the age of 40. The editors will judge. Submit up to...

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Georgia Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Georgia Review is given annually for a single poem. Stephen Dunn will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than ten...

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Ruminate

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a poem. Craig Santos Perez will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to two poems...

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/19

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. Each winner also receives a...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/19

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

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Carve

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Fiction

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

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Breakwater Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
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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Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts is given annually for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally...

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Crook’s Corner Book Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a debut novel set in the American South. The winner is also entitled to receive a free glass of wine every day for a year at Crook’s...

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Lost Horse Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Lost Horse Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. Sandra Alcosser will judge. Using the online...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
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. The winner also receives an all-expenses-...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/19

Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Publishing is given annually for a book-length work of speculative fiction. The editors will judge. Using the online...

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Center for Documentary Studies

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $70
Application Deadline: 5/15/19

A prize of $10,000 and publication in the Center for Documentary Studies digital periodical is given annually for a documentary project that incorporates images and text in any...

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Pittsburg State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Pittsburg State University, and 25 author copies will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 15 to 40 pages with a $...

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New Letters

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/20/19

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Submit up to six poems or a story of up to 8,000...

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New Letters

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/20/19

A prize of $2,500 and publication in New Letters is given annually for an essay. Submit up to 8,000 words of prose with a $24 entry fee, which includes a subscription to...

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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/23/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in TulipTree Review will be given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that tells a story. Writers who have not published...

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