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.

Sow's Ear Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sow's Ear Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit up to five poems with a $30 entry fee, which includes a subscription...

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Briar Cliff Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three...

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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $...

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Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Autumn House Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Gerry LaFemina will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Perugia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a woman. Submit a manuscript of 45 to 85 pages with a $27 entry...

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Yale University Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry

An award of publication by Yale University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an early-career poet who has not published a full-length book of poetry. Carl...

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Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/18

A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the...

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Washington Writers Publishing House

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers Publishing House, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or...

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Nightboat Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Nightboat Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Kazim Ali and Stephen Motika will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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Santa Fe Writers Project

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by 2040 Books, an imprint of the Santa Fe Writers Project, is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. Gish Jen will judge...

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