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.

Snake Nation Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novella. Submit a story collection of up to 200 pages or a novella...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 8/31/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or an essay collection by a queer writer. Ryka Aoki will judge....

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
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 $5...

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Sustainable Arts Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 8/31/17

Twenty awards of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one child under the age of 18...

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Aesthetica

Cash Prize: $1,290
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £1,000 (approximately $1,290) each and publication in Aesthetica will be given annually for a poem and a short story. The winners will also receive a...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 8/31/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a piece of short prose. Roxane Gay will judge. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $21
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 is...

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New Guard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
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. Mark Doty will judge the Knightville Poetry Contest; Chris...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short short story. Using the online submission...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/17
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 the online...

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Black Warrior Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/1/17

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

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Slippery Elm

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 9/1/17

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/1/17
Genre: Fiction

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

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New York Public Library

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/2/17
Genre: Fiction

Five prizes of $10,000 are each given annually for a novel or short story collection published in the current year by a writer age 35 or younger. Publishers may submit 10...

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Dogwood

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 9/5/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Dogwood are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10...

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Harvard University

Cash Prize: $77,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/14/17

Fellowships of $77,500 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and...

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Dzanc Books is given annually for a novel. Lindsey Drager, Daniel A. Hoyt, and Chrissy Kolaya will judge. Using the online submission...

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/15/17

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Disquiet, an imprint of Dzanc Books, will be given annually for a novel, a memoir, a collection of short stories or essays, or a cross-...

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Dzanc Books is given annually for a story collection. Using the online submission system, submit a story collection of any length with a $...

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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/16/17

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay "that tells a story." The winning work will also be published in the contest anthology, Stories...

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John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Cash Prize: $50,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/19/17

Fellowships of approximately $50,000 each are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise....

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Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Cash Prize: $39,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/28/17
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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New York Public Library

Cash Prize: $70,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/29/17

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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American Academy in Berlin

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/29/17

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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Manchester Metropolitan University

Cash Prize: $13,000
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 9/29/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £10,000 (approximately $13,000) each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The winners will be invited to attend an award ceremony in...

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