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.

Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Press 53, and 50 author copies is given annually for a story collection. Kevin Morgan Watson will judge. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 250...

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Cleveland Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/18

Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published during the previous year that "contribute to our understanding of racism and...

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River Styx

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a short short story. Submit up to three stories of no more than 500 words each with a $10 entry...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Massachusetts Museum of...

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Nowhere Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/18

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

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Florida Review is given annually for a chapbook of short fiction, short nonfiction, or graphic narrative. Submit a manuscript of...

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Tampa Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Poetry

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

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Society of Classical Poets

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Society of Classical Poets website is given annually for a group of one to three poems on a theme. Poems must address the negative...

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Before Columbus Foundation

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/18

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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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
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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New Rivers Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/18

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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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
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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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists will also be published in the 2019 Lascaux Prize...

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Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Cash Prize: $50,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $65,000 CAD (approximately $50,000) each are given annually for poetry collections published during the previous year by a Canadian poet or translator and by an...

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Bright Hill Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
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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Mississippi Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/1/19

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

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Whitefish Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/1/19
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: 1/1/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and a subscription to Bayou Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems of any length or a story or...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 1/2/19
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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San José State University

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/2/19

Yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $15,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and creative...

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North Carolina Writers’ Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/2/19

A prize of $1,000 and possible publication in Carolina Quarterly will be given annually for a short story or an essay that “conveys the rich and varied existence of...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $7
Application Deadline: 1/2/19
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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Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/3/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. The winners and finalists for the prize, which is cosponsored by Loyola Marymount University, will be invited to read at Beyond...

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Frost Place

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 1/5/19
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: 1/7/19
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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