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.

Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 7/24/19
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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Emrys Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Emrys Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive a weeklong residency at the Rensing Center near...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 7/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press is given annually for a story collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of any length with a $...

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Kore Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 7/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Kore Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection by a woman, trans, or gender-nonconforming poet. Erica Hunt will...

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New Millennium Writings

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/19

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal's website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short...

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F(r)iction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given three times a year for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 1,000 to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by July 31. The...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 7/31/19

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative...

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Howling Bird Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Howling Bird Press will be given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The 2019 prize will be awarded...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Press 53, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Tom Lombardo will judge. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 120 pages with...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a novella. Doug Lawson will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 15,000 to...

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Sewanee Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sewanee Review will be given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Carl Phillips will judge in poetry and...

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University of Notre Dame

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a story collection. Writers who have published at least one story collection are...

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Journal of Experimental Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction/Depth Charge Publishing is given annually for an innovative novel. Jason E. Rolfe will judge....

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Munster Literature Centre

Cash Prize: $2,250
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,250) and publication in Southword is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Anam...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/19

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

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Delaware Division of the Arts

Cash Prize: $6,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/19

Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and Emerging Artist Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Delaware poets, fiction writers, and creative...

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PEN America

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 8/1/19

Five seven-month fellowships, which include a stipend of $1,000 each, are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who lack access to...

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Seneca Review Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 8/1/19

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Seneca Review Books will be given biennially for a collection of lyric essays. Jenny Boully will judge. Cross-genre, hybrid, and verse...

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Aspen Words

Cash Prize: $35,000
Entry Fee: $45
Application Deadline: 8/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $35,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published in the current year that “illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power...

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Gival Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/8/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Gival Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 5,000 to 15,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 8....

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/15/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given annually for a work of short prose. Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to...

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Red Wheelbarrow

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 8/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Red Wheelbarrow will be given annually for a poem. The winner will also receive 20 copies of a letterpress broadside of the...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/15/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a work of flash fiction or creative nonfiction. Submit up to three poems, stories,...

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500, publication by Broadkill River Press, ten author copies, and two cases of Dogfish Head craft beer are given annually for a poetry collection written by a poet...

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Baton Rouge Area Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually to an emerging African American writer for a book of fiction published in the current year. The winner also receives travel and lodging...

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