Writing Contests, Grant & 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.

Mad River Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/20/17

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Mad River Books, the trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a collection of short prose. Michael Kardos will...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28. All...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/17

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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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,090
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/28/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,090) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. Chris Stewart will judge. Submit a story of...

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Restless Books

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/28/17

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books will be given in alternating years for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction by a first-generation resident of the...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 2/28/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 author copies is given three times a year for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared...

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Public Poetry

Cash Prize: $1,074
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/28/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,074 and publication on the Public Poetry website will be given annually for a poem on a theme. This year's theme is "Work." Using the online submission system,...

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Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Cash Prize: $5,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/28/17

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/17

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

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Tusculum Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tusculum Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Manuscripts with one or two authors are eligible. Submit a chapbook of 20...

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Center for Documentary Studies

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 3/1/17

A prize of $3,000 and publication in the Center for Documentary Studies online magazine is given biennially for an essay that demonstrates a "reliance on documentary methods,...

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42 Miles Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by 42 Miles Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Indiana University in South...

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Atlanta Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $11
Application Deadline: 3/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Atlanta Review is given annually for a poem. Submit up to two poems of any length with an $11 entry fee ($16 for up to four poems...

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Hunger Mountain

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/1/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Hunger Mountain are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems or a story or essay...

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Naugatuck River Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Naugatuck River Review is given annually for a narrative poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of no...

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Alabama State Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/17

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using...

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Selected Shorts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop is given annually for a short story. The winning work will be...

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Ahsahta Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Ahsahta Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Boise State University are...

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Lake Forest College

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/17

A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at...

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Mississippi Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/17

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/17

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly by the Leeway Foundation to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets...

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Broadside Lotus Press

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript between 60 to...

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DASH Journal

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 3/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in DASH Journal will be given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than 33 lines each...

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Elizabeth Kostova Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,600
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/6/17

Ten scholarships, valued at approximately $1,600 each, to attend the Sozopol Seminars in Sozopol, Bulgaria, are given annually to five prose writers working in English and five...

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Persea Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/7/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published at least one book of poetry. The winner also...

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