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.

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Cash Prize: $1,400
Entry Fee: $7
Application Deadline: 7/12/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize £1,000 (approximately $1,400); a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writing Centre of Wales; and publication on the Ledbury Poetry Festival website is given annually for...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem or group of poems. The poetry editors will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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The Story Prize

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $20,000 is given annually to honor a short story collection written in English and published in the United States in the previous year. Two runners-up receive $5,000...

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Comstock Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a poem. Maggie Smith will judge. Submit a poem of up to 40 lines with a $5 entry fee by July...

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Literal Latté

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Submit up to ten poems totaling no more than 2,000 words each...

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The Word Works

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Word Works is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published at least two full-length books of poetry. Leslie...

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PRISM

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 7/15/18

A prize of $1,500 CAD (approximately $1,170) and publication in PRISM is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6,...

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Crab Orchard

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually...

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Breakwater Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Breakwater Review is given annually for a story. Lillian-Yvonne Bertram will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $10 entry fee by...

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Rattle

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a poem. A Reader's Choice Award of $2,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Submit up to four...

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Emrys Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Emrys Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive a weeklong residency at the Rensing Center near...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 7/24/18
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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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 7/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press will be given annually for a story collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of any length...

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Munster Literature Centre

Cash Prize: $2,400
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 7/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,400) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Press 53 is given annually for a poetry collection. Tom Lombardo will judge. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 120 pages with a $30 entry fee by...

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Journal of Experimental Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction/Depth Charge Publishing is given annually for an innovative novel. Jane L. Carman will judge....

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Masters Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by a writer who has not published a novel (writers who have published story...

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New Millennium Writings

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/18

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal’s website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 7/31/18

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 work of fiction or creative...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press will be given annually for a novella. Kate Gale will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 15,000...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/18

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...

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PEN America

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 8/1/18

Seven-month fellowships, which include a stipend of $1,000 each, are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who lack access to...

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Aspen Words

Cash Prize: $35,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 8/1/18
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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Delaware Division of the Arts

Cash Prize: $6,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/18

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

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Gival Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/8/18
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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