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.

Southeast Missouri State University Press

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Big Muddy, a literary journal published by Southeast Missouri State University Press, is given annually for a short story. Submit...

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Boston Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication on the Boston Review website is given annually for a short story. Alexander Chee will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with...

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Zoetrope: All-Story

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope: All-Story website is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists are considered for representation by...

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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/1/18

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Southern Indiana Review are given annually for a poem, a work of fiction, and a work of creative nonfiction. Aimee...

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Missouri Review

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/1/18

Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or...

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California State University in Fresno

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Anhinga Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Peter Everwine will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

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American Academy in Berlin

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/5/18

Residential fellowships are given annually to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers to spend an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the...

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Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Published and unpublished poems are eligible. Lowell Jaeger will judge...

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Silverfish Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a...

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Copper Nickel

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Mark Doty will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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San Diego Poetry Annual

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in San Diego Poetry Annual is given annually for a poem. The winner will also receive an invitation to read at an award ceremony in...

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University of Louisville

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Salt Hill Journal is given annually for a work of fiction written in the fabulist experimental style of Italo Calvino. The winner...

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Conduit Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Conduit Books, and 25 author copies will be given annually for a first book of poetry. Bob Hicok will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 90...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 10/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Mei-mei Berssenbrugge will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

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A Public Space

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/15/18

Three six-month fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging fiction writers and nonfiction writers who have not published a full-length book. The fellows will...

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Conduit Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Conduit Books, and 25 author copies will be given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 90 pages with a $25 entry fee...

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Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine is given annually for a group of poems. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at...

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Fordham University at Lincoln Center 

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 10/15/18
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Fordham University Press, and a reading at the Poets Out Loud Reading Series at Fordham-Lincoln Center in New York City are given...

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Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship

Cash Prize: $59,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/15/18
Genre: Poetry

An award of approximately $59,000 is given annually to a U.S. poet for a year of travel and study abroad. Submit two copies of up to 40 pages of poetry or a published book and...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 10/22/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction. Meg Elison will judge. Submit a manuscript of one...

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Coffee-House Poetry

Cash Prize: $2,600
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 10/22/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £2,000 (approximately $2,600) is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,300) is also given. Both winners receive publication on...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 10/24/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five...

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Finishing Line Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of up to 35 pages with a $15 entry fee by October 31. All...

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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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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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