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.

Delaware Division of the Arts

Cash Prize: $6,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/2/21

Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and Emerging Artist Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers...

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Aspen Words

Cash Prize: $35,000
Entry Fee: $60
Application Deadline: 8/2/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $35,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published in the current year that “illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power...

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Gival Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/8/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Gival Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 5,000 to 15,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 8....

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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/9/21

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “tells a story that needs to be told.” The winner will also receive a two-year subscription to...

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500, publication by Broadkill River Press, 10 author copies, and two cases of Dogfish Head craft beer are given annually for a poetry collection written by a poet...

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Grayson Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Grayson Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer will judge. Using only the online submission system,...

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Diode Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Diode Editions, and 25 author copies will be given annually for a poetry collection. The winner will also have select poems from their book...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/15/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a work of flash fiction or creative nonfiction. Submit up to three poems, stories,...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 8/16/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. John Lau will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120...

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Kallisto Gaia Press

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/20/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,200 each and publication in Ocotillo Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Edward Vidaurre will judge the Julia Darling Memorial...

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Masters Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/29/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by an emerging writer. Writers who have not published a book are eligible, as...

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Grid Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Grid Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a writer over the age of 60. Jimmy Santiago Baca will judge. Using only the online...

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University of New Orleans Press

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 8/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 and publication by University of New Orleans Press is given annually for a short story collection or novel. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/31/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a short work of prose. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to 500...

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Talking Gourds

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 8/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem. The winner will also be featured in a Bardic Trails reading online. Donald Levering will judge. Submit a poem of up to...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $7
Application Deadline: 8/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of up to 1,000 words with a $7...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given in alternating years for a group of poems or a prose excerpt translated from any language into English. The 2021...

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Aesthetica

Cash Prize: $3,434
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 8/31/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £2,500 (approximately $3,434) each and publication in Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual are given annually for a poem and a short story. The winner in...

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Journal of Experimental Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction and JEF Books is given annually for an innovative novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Black Lawrence Press is given annually for a debut collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using only the online...

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Munster Literature Center

Cash Prize: $1,191
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 8/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,191) and publication by the Munster Literature Center is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive accommodations...

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Utica College

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a resident of upstate New York. The winner will also give a reading and teach a...

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Ex Ophidia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ex Ophidia Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Kathleen Flenniken will judge. Using only the online...

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Black Warrior Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 9/1/21

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Eduardo C. Corral will judge in poetry, K...

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American-Scandinavian Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/1/21

A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a work of poetry, fiction, or creative...

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