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.

Montreal International Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $20,000 CAD (approximately $15,000) and publication in the 2017 Global Poetry Anthology is given biennially for a poem. Michael Harris will judge. Using the online...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $5 entry fee by...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 3/31/17

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 longer work of fiction or...

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CutBank

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/17

A prize of $1,000, publication by CutBank, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The editors will judge....

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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 3/31/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center is given annually for an essay collection. Renee Gladman will judge. Using the online...

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Orison Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/1/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by Orison Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. Carl Phillips will judge in poetry and David Haynes...

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/1/17
Genre: Poetry, Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100...

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Writing Ranch

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/1/17

A prize of $2,000 and a four-week residency at the PLAYA retreat in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a nonfiction work-in-progress that "recognizes the vital role...

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Winning Writers

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a humorous poem. Jendi Reiter will judge. Using the online submission system, submit one...

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. Sherwin Bitsui will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($3...

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Saturnalia Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Saturnalia Books, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Ross Gay will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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Oberon

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/3/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Oberon is given annually for a poem. Gladys Henderson will judge. Submit up to three poems with an $18 entry fee, which includes...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/7/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of poetry translated from an Asian language into English and published in the previous year. Translations of Zen Buddhist source...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/7/17

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction translated from Italian into English and published in the previous year. Publishers may submit a book...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 4/7/17

Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of prose translated from any language into English and published in the previous year. For the...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/7/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press is given annually for a book of poetry translated from any language into English. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 4/9/17

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10...

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New Ohio Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Rosanna Warren will judge...

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University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 4/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press will be given annually for a poetry collection by a Latina or Latino writer. Using the online submission...

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Spoon River Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Spoon River Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit two copies of up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20...

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University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press will be given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a writer of Arab heritage. Series editors...

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Finishing Line Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 4/15/17
Genre: Poetry, Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook by a woman who has not yet published a full-length collection. Leah Maines...

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Kundiman/Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 4/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an Asian American poet. The board members of Kundiman and Tupelo Press will judge...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/15/17

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Rebecca Foust will judge in poetry, and David Jauss...

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Hub City Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/17/17
Genre: Poetry, Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hub City Press is given biennially for a poetry collection. U.S. poets who have published no more than one full-length poetry collection...

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