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.

Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous two years. Submit a book published in 2016 or 2017 with a $20 entry fee by December 31. Visit the...

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Livingston Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Livingston Press, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first collection of short stories by a U.S. citizen. Fiction writers who have...

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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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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a nationally distributed book. Submit a story of...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Press 53 is given annually for a story collection. Kevin Morgan Watson will judge. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 250 pages with a $30 entry...

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Tampa Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by University of Tampa Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28...

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Crosswinds

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Crosswinds is given annually for a poem. Lloyd Schwartz will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of...

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Bright Hill Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bright Hill Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $27 entry fee...

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Society of Classical Poets

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication on the Society of Classical Poets website is given annually for a group of three to five poems on a theme. At least one poem must address human...

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The Moth

Cash Prize: $12,000
Entry Fee: $13
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €10,000 (approximately $12,000) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a poem. Three runner-up prizes of €1,000 (approximately $1,200) each are...

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Whitefish Review

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Whitefish Review is given annually for a short story. Rick Bass will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of...

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Bayou Magazine

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each will be given annually for a poem and a short story. The winners will also receive a subscription to Bayou Magazine and their work will be...

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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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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $7
Application Deadline: 1/2/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $7 entry fee...

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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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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 1/2/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given annually for a short story about families of any configuration....

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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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Frost Place

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 1/5/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and a six- to eight-week residency at the Frost Place, Robert Frost's former home in Franconia, New Hampshire, is given annually to a poet who has published...

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Poets & Writers, Inc.

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/8/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet...

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Colorado Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/14/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. John Yau will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages...

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/14/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and the winner's agent will also receive lodging and travel expenses to...

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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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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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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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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Arts will be given annually for a novella. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 17,500 to 40,000 words with a $24...

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