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.

Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry translated from any language into English and published in the United States during the previous year. Collaborations...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe will be given annually for a book of poetry originally written in Spanish by a living writer and...

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Salem State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East is given annually for a group of poems. Oliver de la Paz will judge. Using the online submission system, submit 8...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hidden River Review will be given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 75...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 is given biennially for a book of modern Italian poetry translated into English and published in the United States. Self-published collections are ineligible...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/17/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry e-book and a fiction e-book by an African American writer self-published in the United States during the previous year....

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Restless Books

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/28/18

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books is given in alternating years for a debut book of fiction or nonfiction by a first-generation immigrant. The 2018 prize...

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Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Cash Prize: $5,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/28/18

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,180
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 2/28/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,180) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. Sherrie Flick will judge. Submit a story of...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/18
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 February 28. All...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a woman. Lidia Yuknavitch will judge. Using the online submission...

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National Poetry Series

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/28/18
Genre: Poetry

Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers include Beacon...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 2/28/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 author copies is given three times a year for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared...

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Atlanta Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Atlanta Review is given annually for a poem. Submit up to two poems of any length with a $12 entry fee ($18 for 3 to 7 poems) by...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press will be given annually for a book of historical fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of any...

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Mississippi Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in...

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Hunger Mountain

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ephemeral Artery, Hunger Mountain's online publication, are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an...

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University of Wisconsin

Cash Prize: $38,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of at least $38,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to five writers working on a...

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Broadside Lotus Press

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript of 60 to 90...

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Alabama State Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...

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Airlie Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Airlie Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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42 Miles Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by 42 Miles Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Indiana University in South...

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Selected Shorts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop is given annually for a short story. The winning work will be...

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Ahsahta Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Ahsahta Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Boise State University are...

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