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.

Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. Sandra Alcosser will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($3...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 4/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $10 entry fee by...

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Waterston Desert Writing Prize

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/1/19

A prize of $2,500 and a two-week residency at the PLAYA retreat in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a nonfiction work-in-progress that “recognizes the vital role...

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Saturnalia Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Saturnalia Books, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Patricia Smith will judge. Using the online submission...

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Tusculum Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/1/19
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. Bhanu Kapil will judge...

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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 4/5/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center is given annually for an essay collection. Hanif Abdurraqib will judge. Using the online...

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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 4/5/19
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center are given annually for poetry collections. The First Book Competition is open to poets...

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Four Way Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/7/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given annually to a U.S. poet for a poetry collection. The winner will also be invited to participate in a reading in New...

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Oxford American

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/8/19

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $10,000, will be given annually to a writer working on a first book of nonfiction. The fellowship includes housing in a private...

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Australian Book Review

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/10/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of AUD $5,000 (approximately $3,610) is given annually for a story. A second-place prize of AUD $3,000 (approximately $2,170) and a third-place prize of AUD $2,000 (...

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Oberon

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/10/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Oberon is given annually for a single poem. Submit up to three poems with an $18 entry fee, which includes an issue of Oberon...

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University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 4/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a Latina or Latino writer. Using the online submission system,...

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New Ohio Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Tyehimba Jess will judge...

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University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a writer of Arab heritage. Series editors Hayan...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction translated from an Asian language into English and published in the previous year. Publishers...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

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

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction translated from Italian into English and published in the previous year. Publishers or translators may...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 4/15/19

Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of prose translated from any language into English and published in the previous year. For the...

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Slope Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 4/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Slope Editions is given annually for a poetry collection. Solmaz Sharif will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 90 pages with a $22 entry...

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Hub City Press

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/16/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Hub City Press will be given annually for a short story collection. U.S. writers who have not published a book in any genre and who have...

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Hub City Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/17/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hub City Press is given biennially for a poetry collection. U.S. poets who have published no more than one full-length poetry collection...

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Pen Parentis

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/17/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Brain, Child is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The winner also receives an...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 4/22/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in OmniVerse, Omnidawn Publishing’s online journal, is given annually for a single poem. The winner also receives 50 copies of a...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 4/23/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five...

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