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.

Third Coast

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

Two awards of $1,000 each and publication in Third Coast are given annually for a poem and a short story. Sarah Kay will judge the Third Coast Poetry Prize and...

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Jewish Currents

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a poem on a theme. This year's theme is "Facts, Fakes, Fictions." The winning poem will...

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Breakwater Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a story. Joan Wickersham will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $10 entry...

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Wells College Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Wells College Press, and 15 author copies will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive room and board to attend...

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University of Rochester

Cash Prize: $7,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the previous year by a woman who is a U.S. citizen. Publishers may submit four copies of a novel or...

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Ellen Meloy Fund

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/15/18

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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WOMR/WFMR Community Radio

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

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than seven pages with a $15 entry fee by January 15, 2018....

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Arts will be given annually for a novella. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 17,500 to 40,000 words with a $24...

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Permafrost

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/15/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Alaska Press is given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. The 2018 prize will be given for a...

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University of Texas in Austin

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Two residencies, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, at a rural retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, who have lived in Texas...

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North Carolina Writers' Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 1/15/18

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an essay that "is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians." The winning essay will also be...

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BkMk Press

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 110 pages of...

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Australian Book Review

Cash Prize: $3,800
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/15/18

A prize of AUD $5,000 (approximately $3,800) and publication in Australian Book Review is given annually for an essay. A second-place prize of AUD $2,500 (...

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University of Notre Dame

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a debut poetry collection by a Latinx poet residing in the United States. Ada Limón...

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Literal Latté

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté  is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two...

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PRISM

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,150) and publication in PRISM is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $40 entry...

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Moment Magazine–Karma Foundation

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Moment Magazine is given annually for a story that relates to Judaism or Jewish culture or history. The editors will judge. Using...

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University of Mississippi

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A one-month residency, which includes a $3,000 honorarium, to live and work in Oxford, Mississippi, near the University of Mississippi campus, is given annually to a poet who...

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University of Notre Dame

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given biennially for a second or third poetry collection by a Latinx poet residing in the United States. Carmen Giménez...

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Fourteen Hills

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication in Fourteen Hills is given annually for a long poem with an inventive spirit. Chet Wiener will judge. Using the online submission...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 1/16/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Arthur Sze will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 1/24/18
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: 1/30/18
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. Sarah Addison Allen will judge...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/18
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. Richard Blanco will judge...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,180
Entry Fee: $19
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,180) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short memoir. Marti Leimbach will judge. Submit a memoir of up...

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