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.

Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given three times yearly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print...

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Cloudbank Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Cloudbank Books is given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or a combination of the two. Christopher Buckley will judge....

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University of North Texas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Peter Balakian will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the current year. Four finalists will each receive $5,000. The winner and finalists will also be...

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Poetry Society of the United Kingdom

Cash Prize: $6,500
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $6,500) and publication on the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom website is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £2,000 (...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Liz Robbins will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $30 entry...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Red Hen Press, and a four-week residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a poetry collection. Marilyn Nelson will judge...

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American Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by American Poetry Review is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winning book is distributed by Copper Canyon Press...

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River Teeth

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Phillip Lopate will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150...

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Cutthroat

Cash Prize: $1,300
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

Three prizes of $1,300 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Patricia Spears Jones will judge the Joy...

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Persea Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a first poetry collection by a woman who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The winner also...

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Tucson Festival of Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel discussion at the...

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North American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in North American Review is given annually for a poem. Dana Levin will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to five...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Indiana University Press is given in alternating years for a collection of poetry or a collection of short fiction. The 2019 prize will be...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Visit the...

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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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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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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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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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2 Elizabeths

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the 2 Elizabeths 2019 anthology will be given annually for a poem or short story that features themes of love and/or romance....

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet...

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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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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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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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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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