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.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Cash Prize: $50,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/19/17

Fellowships of approximately $50,000 each are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise....

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Travelers' Tales

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/21/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the annual anthology The Best Travel Writing and on the Travelers Tales' website is given annually for a travel essay. Writers...

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Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Cash Prize: $39,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/28/17
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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Manchester Metropolitan University

Cash Prize: $13,000
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 9/29/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £10,000 (approximately $13,000) each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The winners will be invited to attend an award ceremony in...

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New York Public Library

Cash Prize: $70,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/29/17

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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American Academy in Berlin

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/29/17

Residential fellowships are given annually to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers to spend an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the...

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Literal Latté

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 9/30/17

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...

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University of Iowa Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
Genre: Fiction

Two awards of publication by University of Iowa Press are given annually for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible....

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California State University in Fresno

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Anhinga Press is given annually for a poetry collection. C. G. Hanzlicek will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
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 2018 Lascaux Prize...

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Mad Creek Books

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
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. Kathy Fagan will...

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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Ghost Story website is given twice yearly for a short story with a supernatural or magic realism theme. The editors will judge...

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University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
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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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
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: 9/30/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Four 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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Hackney Literary Awards

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
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...

Cave Canem Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
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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Southwest Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
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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New Criterion

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by St. Augustine's Press is given annually for a poetry collection that pays close attention to form. Roger Kimball, Charles Martin, and David...

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New Issues Poetry & Prose

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/30/17
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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American Literary Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/1/17

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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Michigan State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Wheelbarrow Books with distribution by Michigan State University Press will be given biennially to a poet who has published at least one...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 10/1/17

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

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Boston Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a short story. Viet Thanh Nguyen will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20...

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Kore Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 10/1/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Kore Press is given annually for a memoir or memoir-in-essays by a woman writer. Cheryl Strayed will judge. Using the online submission...

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