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.

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 7/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website is given annually for a poem that explores "positive visions of peace and the human spirit."...

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Santa Fe Writers Project

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/7/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by 2040 Books, an imprint of the Santa Fe Writers Project, will be given annually for a short story or essay collection, a novel, or a memoir...

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Stone Canoe

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/8/17

Prizes of $500 each are given annually for works of poetry and creative nonfiction by writers who are current or past residents of upstate New York. Writers who have not...

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Crab Orchard

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/10/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500, 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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Ledbury Poetry Festival

Cash Prize: $1,250
Entry Fee: $6
Application Deadline: 7/13/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize £1,000 (approximately $1,250) and a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writers' Centre of Wales, is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at the...

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The Word Works

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
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 two or more full-length books of poetry. Leslie...

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Rattle

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
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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Mudfish

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,200 and publication in Mudfish is given annually for a poem. Philip Schultz will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee ($3 for...

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Literal Latté

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
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 six poems totaling no more than 2,000 words each with a...

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Fairy Tale Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 7/15/17

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fairy Tale Review are given annually for a group of poems and a work of fiction or creative nonfiction influenced by fairy...

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PRISM

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 7/15/17

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...

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Emrys Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
Genre: Poetry

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

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Verse

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500, publication by Factory Hollow Press, and a month-long residency at the Tomaž Šalamun Center for Poetry in Ljubljana, Slovenia, valued at approximately $1,500,...

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The Story Prize

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
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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Cincinnati Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/17

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Cincinnati Review are given annually for a poem and a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Don Bogen will judge in...

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Masters Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
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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Narrative

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/16/17
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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Santa Fe Writers Project

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/20/17

A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Santa Fe Writers Project is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction. Two runners-up also receive $1,000 each and...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 7/24/17
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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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/25/17

Three prizes are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer to honor their first published books. The winners are also invited to visit...

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Munster Literature Centre

Cash Prize: $2,300
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,300) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The...

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Journal of Experimental Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/17
Genre: Fiction

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

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New Millennium Writings

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/17

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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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 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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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/17

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 work of fiction or creative...

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