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.

Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press will be given annually for a novel. Hidden River Press staff will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit...

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Nightboat Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Poetry

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

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Sonora Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 11/15/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sonora Review is given annually for a work of short prose on a theme. This year’s theme is “Encounter.” Hybrid work is encouraged...

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The Story Prize

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
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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Sonora Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/15/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sonora Review is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction on a theme. This year’s theme is “Encounter.” Hybrid work is...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/17/19

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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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a first book of poetry by a U.S. resident. Richard Blanco will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100...

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Burnside Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Burnside Review Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Darcie Dennigan will judge. Using only the online...

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Cider Press Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Lesley Wheeler will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

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Quarter After Eight

Cash Prize: $1,008
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/19

A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight is given annually for a prose poem, a short short story, or a micro-essay. Using only the online submission...

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University of North Texas

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. The winner will also receive airfare and lodging to give...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 11/30/19

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 longer work of prose. A second-...

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Brunel University London

Cash Prize: $3,668
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,668) is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who was born in Africa, is a national of an African country, or whose parents are...

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Dappled Things

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 and publication in Dappled Things is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of...

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Beloit Poetry Journal

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Beloit Poetry Journal, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Using only the online...

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Munster Literature Center

Cash Prize: $2,219
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,219), publication in Southword, and a weeklong residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, is given annually...

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White Pine Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 80 pages with a $20 entry fee by...

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a single poem. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems with a...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,330
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 11/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,330) and publication in the annual Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short story. The winner will also be invited to attend...

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Five Points

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Five Points is given annually for a group of poems. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems of no more...

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/19

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines...

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Slipstream Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Slipstream Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 40 pages...

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American Library Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous year that is set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven...

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African Poetry Book Fund

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection by a poet who was born in Africa, is an African national or...

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December

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in december is given annually for a single poem. Aimee Nezhukumatathil will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20...

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