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.

Restless Books

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

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 2019 prize...

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Bellingham Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Ginger Murchison will judge in poetry and Pinckney...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

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 longer work of fiction or...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for an essay collection, memoir, or book of narrative nonfiction. Nikki Moustaki will judge. Using the...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Indiana Review are given annually for a group of poems and a story. Using the online submission system, submit up to three...

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Willie Morris Awards

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $2,500 will be given annually for poem that exudes the American South in spirit, history, landscape, or experience. The winner will also receive an all-expenses-paid...

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Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society

Cash Prize: $7,500
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 4/1/19

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a novel; a prize of $2,000 is given for a book of nonfiction; three prizes of $1,500 each are given for a short story, a novella, and a...

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The Pinch

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/1/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Emily Skaja will judge in poetry, Amy Bonnaffons...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a humorous poem. Jendi Reiter will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 4/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $10 entry fee by...

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Zone 3 Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/1/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Zone 3 Press is given biennially for a memoir or essay collection. Submit a manuscript of 120 to 300 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 1...

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. Sandra Alcosser will judge. Submit up to three poems with a $15 entry fee ($3...

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Orison Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/1/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by Orison Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. Eric Pankey will judge in poetry and Victor LaValle...

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Saturnalia Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Saturnalia Books, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Patricia Smith will judge. Using the online submission...

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Tusculum Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tusculum Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Manuscripts with one or two authors are eligible. Bhanu Kapil will judge...

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Waterston Desert Writing Prize

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/1/19

A prize of $2,500 and a two-week residency at the PLAYA retreat in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a nonfiction work-in-progress that “recognizes the vital role...

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system...

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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 4/5/19
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center are given annually for poetry collections. The First Book Competition is open to poets...

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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 4/5/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center is given annually for an essay collection. Hanif Abdurraqib will judge. Using the online...

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Four Way Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/7/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given annually to a U.S. poet for a poetry collection. The winner will also be invited to participate in a reading in New...

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Oxford American

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/8/19

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $10,000, will be given annually to a writer working on a first book of nonfiction. The fellowship includes housing in a private...

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Australian Book Review

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/10/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of AUD $5,000 (approximately $3,610) is given annually for a story. A second-place prize of AUD $3,000 (approximately $2,170) and a third-place prize of AUD $2,000 (...

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Oberon

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/10/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Oberon is given annually for a single poem. Submit up to three poems with an $18 entry fee, which includes an issue of Oberon...

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