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.

Malahat Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 11/1/18

Three prizes of CAD $2,000 (approximately $1,500) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit...

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Brick Road Poetry Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Brick Road Poetry Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Keith Badowski and Ron Self will judge. Using the...

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Alice James Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet residing in the United States. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages...

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Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Autumn House Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Gerry LaFemina will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,333
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/18

A prize of $1,333 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $20...

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a novel, a short story collection, a novella, or...

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, a novella, or a collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who...

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Washington College

Cash Prize: $45,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/1/18

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is...

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Briar Cliff Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three...

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a novel, a short story collection, a novella, or a novella collection. U.S. writers who have...

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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a...

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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $...

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Writer’s Digest

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and travel and lodging expenses for a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. The winner will also...

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Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/18

A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the...

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Perugia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a woman. Submit a manuscript of 45 to 85 pages with a $27 entry...

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Ruminate

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/15/18

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit an essay or short memoir...

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/18

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been rejected by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes “worthy manuscripts that...

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Nightboat Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Nightboat Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Kazim Ali and Stephen Motika will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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Yale University Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry

An award of publication by Yale University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an early-career poet who has not published a full-length book of poetry. Carl...

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Sonora Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/15/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sonora Review is given annually for a work of nonfiction on a theme. This year’s theme is “Desire.” Using the online submission...

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The Story Prize

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Fiction

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

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Pleiades Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. The winner...

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Washington Writers Publishing House

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers Publishing House, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or...

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Pleiades Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/18

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press is given annually for a collection of short stories, short short...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/18/18

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of fiction or creative...

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