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.

2 Elizabeths

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 11/1/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the 2 Elizabeths 2019 anthology will be given annually for a poem or short story that features themes of love and/or romance....

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Washington Writers Publishing House

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers Publishing House, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or...

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Perugia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a woman. Submit a manuscript of 45 to 85 pages with a $27 entry...

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Nightboat Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry

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

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Pleiades Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. The winner...

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Yale University Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/18
Genre: Poetry

An award of publication by Yale University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an early-career poet who has not published a full-length book of poetry. Carl...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/18/18

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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Munster Literature Center

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $6
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,200), publication in Southword, and a weeklong residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, is given annually...

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Burnside Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Poetry

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

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems with a $15 entry...

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Beloit Poetry Journal

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Poetry

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

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University of North Texas

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
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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Quarter After Eight

Cash Prize: $1,008
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/18

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. Submit up to three pieces of no...

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Two Sylvias Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Two Sylvias Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a woman over the age of 50. Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy...

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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
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. Patricia Smith will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100...

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University of Georgia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives travel expenses and $1,000 per event to...

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Mid-American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mid-American Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems for the James Wright Poetry...

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Cider Press Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 11/30/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Leona Sevick will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48...

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Waywiser Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 12/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by the Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous collection. The winner...

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/18

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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University of Evansville

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Evansville Review is given annually for a poem translated from any language into English. Willis Barnstone will judge. Submit...

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African Poetry Book Fund

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/18
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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Slipstream Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/18
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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Five Points

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/1/18
Genre: Poetry

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

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Ohio University Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Ohio University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 95 pages with a $30 entry fee by December 1....

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