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.

Ellen Meloy Fund

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/15/19

A prize of $5,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer "whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Ellen Meloy's writing" to...

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Moment Magazine–Karma Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/21/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a story that relates to Judaism or Jewish culture or history. The winning story will be considered for publication in Moment...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 1/24/19
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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North Carolina Writers’ Network

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

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story. The winning story will also be considered for publication in Thomas Wolfe Review. Jill McCorkle will judge....

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Black Lawrence Press

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

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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New Millennium Writings

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

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a work of flash fiction, and a work of creative...

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Crazyhorse

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Erika Meitner will judge in poetry, Rick Bass...

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Caine Prize for African Writing

Cash Prize: $13,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of £10,000 (approximately $13,000) is given annually for a previously published short story by an African writer. Shortlisted candidates will receive £500 (...

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Ohioana Library Association

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an Ohio fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer age 30 or under who has not published a book. Writers born in Ohio or who have lived...

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Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

Grants of up to $1,500 each are given in alternating years to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The...

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Hurston/Wright Foundation

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt by Black college students. The winners are awarded free tuition to a Hurston/Wright...

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Autumn House Press

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Autumn House Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection by a writer age 33 or younger. Stacey Waite will judge. Submit a...

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Iowa Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Kiki Petrosino will judge in...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,100
Entry Fee: $19
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,100) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short memoir. Chrissie Gittins will judge. Submit a memoir of...

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Schaffner Press

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that “deals...

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Winter Anthology

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, or an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10...

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Center for African American Poetry and Poetics

Cash Prize: $48,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A two-year fellowship, including an annual stipend of $48,000 and health benefits, at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) at the University of Pittsburgh...

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Balcones Center for Creative Writing

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 1/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three copies of...

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Little Tokyo Historical Society

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website is given annually for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district of...

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White Pine Press

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

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 1/31/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a story...

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry...

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Passaic County Community College

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet is expected to participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading at...

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Stadler Center for Poetry

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/19

Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given annually to fiction and nonfiction writers...

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Passaic County Community College

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 2/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review is given annually for a poem. Submit four copies of up to five poems of no more than two pages each with...

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