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.

New Guard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 9/24/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in the New Guard are given annually for a poem and a short story. Patricia Smith will judge in poetry and Rick Moody will...

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New York Public Library

Cash Prize: $70,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/28/18

Up to 15 fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at...

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Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Cash Prize: $39,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/28/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of £30,000 (approximately $39,000) is given annually for a short story by a writer whose work has been previously published in the United Kingdom or Ireland. Five...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Ann Hood will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 150 pages...

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Dzanc Books is given annually for a novel. John Domini, Alice Hatcher, and Emily Geminder will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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University of Massachusetts Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/18

Five prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection...

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Dzanc Books is given annually for a story collection. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story collection...

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Hackney Literary Awards

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines...

Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication on the Ghost Story website and in the Ghost Story print anthology, 21st Century Ghost Stories, is given twice yearly...

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American Literary Review

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

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system...

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Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Louisiana Literature is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a full-length book of fiction. The...

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Big Muddy, a literary journal published by Southeast Missouri State University Press, is given annually for a short story. Submit...

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Boston Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication on the Boston Review website is given annually for a short story. Alexander Chee will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with...

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Missouri Review

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/1/18

Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 10/1/18

Four prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, and biography or autobiography (including memoir)...

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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/1/18

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Southern Indiana Review are given annually for a poem, a work of fiction, and a work of creative nonfiction. Aimee...

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Zoetrope: All-Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope: All-Story website is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists are considered for representation by...

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American Academy in Berlin

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/5/18

Residential fellowships are given annually to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers to spend an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the...

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University of Louisville

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Salt Hill Journal is given annually for a work of fiction written in the fabulist experimental style of Italo Calvino. The winner...

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A Public Space

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/15/18

Three six-month fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging fiction writers and nonfiction writers who have not published a full-length book. The fellows will...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 10/22/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction. Meg Elison will judge. Submit a manuscript of one...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 10/24/18
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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Tucson Festival of Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel discussion at the...

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Cloudbank Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Cloudbank Books is given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or a combination of the two. Christopher Buckley will judge....

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Cutthroat

Cash Prize: $1,300
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

Three prizes of $1,300 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Patricia Spears Jones will judge the Joy...

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