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.

New Guard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 9/24/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in the New Guard are given annually for a poem and a short story. Patricia Smith will judge in poetry and Rick Moody will...

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Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Cash Prize: $39,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/28/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of £30,000 (approximately $39,000) is given annually for a short story by a writer whose work has been previously published in the United Kingdom or Ireland. Five...

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New York Public Library

Cash Prize: $70,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/28/18

Up to 15 fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at...

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New Criterion

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/29/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Criterion Books is given annually for a poetry collection that pays close attention to form. Morri Creech, Roger Kimball, and David Yezzi...

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Literal Latté

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 9/30/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a personal essay. Submit an essay of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($5 for each...

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/18

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Dzanc Books will be given annually for a book of nonfiction. Memoirs, essay collections, biographies, and works of sociocultural or...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 9/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a poem. The winner and finalists will also be published in the 2019 Lascaux Prize...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 9/30/18
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a poem in any style and a poem that either rhymes or is written in a traditional...

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University of Massachusetts Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/18

Five prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection...

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Cave Canem Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 9/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize valued at approximately $2,500 is given annually for a poetry chapbook by a Black poet. The winner will receive $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books, and a weeklong...

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Dzanc Books is given annually for a story collection. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story collection...

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Southwest Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 9/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a poem or a group of poems by a writer who has not published a poetry collection. Submit up...

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Oversound

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 9/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Oversound will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. Solmaz Sharif will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Hackney Literary Awards

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for an unpublished novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines...

Mad Creek Books

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Mad Creek Books, the literary trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a poetry collection. Marcus Jackson will...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Ann Hood will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 150 pages...

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New Issues Poetry & Prose

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose, and a reading at Western Michigan University is given annually for a poetry collection. Poets who have...

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Dzanc Books

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 and publication by Dzanc Books is given annually for a novel. John Domini, Alice Hatcher, and Emily Geminder will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 9/30/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, will be given annually for an essay collection. Using the online submission...

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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 9/30/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard will be given annually for an essay by a writer who has not published a full-length book in any genre with a nationally...

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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication on the Ghost Story website and in the Ghost Story print anthology, 21st Century Ghost Stories, is given twice yearly...

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University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Billy Collins will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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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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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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American Literary Review

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

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in American Literary Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system...

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