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.

Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/23/17

A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the...

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Quarter After Eight

Cash Prize: $1,008
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/17

A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight is given annually for a prose poem, a short short story, or a micro-essay. Stuart Dybek will judge. Submit...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/17

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A second-...

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New Rivers Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/1/17

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by New Rivers Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an emerging writer....

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/17

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines...

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Morehead State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/4/17

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by an Appalachian writer. Authors and publishers may submit four copies of a book of...

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National Endowment for the Arts

Cash Prize: $12,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/5/17

Grants of $12,500 and $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in...

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Friends of American Writers

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/10/17

A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who...

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University of Iowa Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/10/17

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for an essay collection. Submit a manuscript of 40,000 to 90,000 words with a $10 entry fee by December 10. Visit the...

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Chautauqua Institution

Cash Prize: $7,500
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 12/15/17

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year. The winner also receives a weeklong all-expenses-paid...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 12/15/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Hidden River Review will be given annually for a group of poems, a short short story, and a piece of nonfiction. Submit...

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Nowhere Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." Porter Fox will...

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Willow Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/17

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by writers of color. Using the...

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Commonwealth Club of California

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/22/17

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/29/17

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/30/17

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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Before Columbus Foundation

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/17

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s...

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Cleveland Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/17

Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that "contribute to...

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Ashland Creek Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 12/31/17

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction that focuses on the environment, animal protection, ecology, or wildlife. The winner also...

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Mississippi Review

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Current or former University of Southern...

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San José State University

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/2/18

Three yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $10,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and creative...

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Center for Fiction

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/2/18

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a full-length fiction or nonfiction manuscript about serious physical illness by a writer who has personal experience with life-...

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Ellen Meloy Fund

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/15/18

A prize of $5,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer "whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Ellen Meloy's writing" to...

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Permafrost

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/15/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Alaska Press is given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. The 2018 prize will be given for a...

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French-American Foundation

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

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published...

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