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.

American Literary Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/1/19

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 only the online submission...

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Big Muddy, a literary journal published by Southeast Missouri State University Press, is given for a short story. The annual award...

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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/1/19

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Southern Indiana Review are given annually for a poem, a work of fiction, and a work of creative nonfiction. José...

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Zoetrope: All-Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope: All-Story website is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists are considered for representation by...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 10/1/19

Five prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, U. S. history, and biography or autobiography (including...

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LitMag

Cash Prize: $1,250
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 10/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,250 and publication in LitMag will be given annually for a piece of flash fiction. The winning story will also be reviewed by literary agency Sobel Weber...

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Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Louisiana Literature is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a full-length book of fiction. The...

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Fordham University at Lincoln Center 

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 10/15/19
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Fordham University Press, and a reading at the Poets Out Loud Reading Series at Fordham-Lincoln Center in New York City are given...

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University of Louisville

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Miracle Monocle is given annually for a work of fiction written in the fabulist experimental style of Italo Calvino. The winner...

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A Public Space

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/15/19

Three six-month fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging fiction writers and nonfiction writers who have not published a full-length book. The fellows will...

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San Diego Poetry Annual

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in San Diego Poetry Annual is given annually for a poem. The winner will also receive an invitation to read at an award ceremony in...

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Copper Nickel

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. francine j. harris will judge. Using only the online...

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Silverfish Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a...

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Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a group of poems. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in March...

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Conduit Books & Ephemera

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Conduit Books & Ephemera, and 25 author copies will be given annually for a first book of poetry. Bob Hicok will judge. Submit a...

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Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship

Cash Prize: $60,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/15/19
Genre: Poetry

An award of approximately $60,500 is given annually to a U.S. poet for a year of travel and study outside of North America. Submit two copies of up to 40 pages of poetry or a...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 10/21/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction. Kellie Wells will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

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Coffee-House Poetry

Cash Prize: $2,540
Entry Fee: $7
Application Deadline: 10/21/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £2,000 (approximately $2,540) is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,270) is also given. Both winners receive publication on...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 10/24/19
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 only the online submission system, submit up to...

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Finishing Line Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of up to 35 pages with a $15 entry fee by October 31. All...

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Tucson Festival of Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel discussion at the...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Red Hen Press, and a four-week residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a poetry collection. Allison Joseph will judge...

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North American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 10/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in North American Review is given annually for a poem. Using only the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $23...

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River Teeth

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 10/31/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Bret Lott will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 10/31/19

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

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