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.

Commonwealth Club of California

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/22/17

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/29/17

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/30/17

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

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Tampa Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of 500 to 5,000 words with a $20 entry...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous two years. Submit a book published in 2016 or 2017 with a $20 entry fee by December 31. Visit the...

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Before Columbus Foundation

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/17

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

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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
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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River Styx

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
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 $10 entry...

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Cleveland Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/17

Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that "contribute to...

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Livingston Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Livingston Press, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first collection of short stories by a U.S. citizen. Fiction writers who have...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Press 53 is given annually for a story collection. Kevin Morgan Watson will judge. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 250 pages with a $30 entry...

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Ashland Creek Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 12/31/17

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction that focuses on the environment, animal protection, ecology, or wildlife. The winner also...

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Three Percent

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
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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Whitefish Review

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Whitefish Review is given annually for a short story. Rick Bass will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of...

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Bayou Magazine

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each will be given annually for a poem and a short story. The winners will also receive a subscription to Bayou Magazine and their work will be...

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Mississippi Review

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Current or former University of Southern...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 1/2/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given annually for a short story about families of any configuration....

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San José State University

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/2/18

Three yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $10,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and creative...

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Center for Fiction

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/2/18

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a full-length fiction or nonfiction manuscript about serious physical illness by a writer who has personal experience with life-...

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Poets & Writers, Inc.

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/8/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet...

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/14/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and the winner's agent will also receive lodging and travel expenses to...

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University of Rochester

Cash Prize: $7,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the previous year by a woman who is a U.S. citizen. Publishers may submit four copies of a novel or...

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Moment Magazine–Karma Foundation

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Moment Magazine is given annually for a story that relates to Judaism or Jewish culture or history. The editors will judge. Using...

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University of Texas in Austin

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Two residencies, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, at a rural retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, who have lived in Texas...

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Literal Latté

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté  is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two...

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