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.

Wick Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Kent State University Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Kent State...

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Rosebud

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 5/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for a poem by a poet under the age of 40. Peter Thabit Jones, Molly Peacock, and John Smelcer will...

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Sonora Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/1/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Anselm Berrigan will judge...

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Pleiades Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/17
Genre: Poetry, Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to read at the University of Central Missouri in...

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Sow's Ear Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Sow's Ear Press with distribution to Sow's Ear Poetry Review subscribers, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry...

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Maine Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/4/17

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. Writers...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet that will be published in the forthcoming year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid...

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Georgia Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the spring issue of Georgia Review is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit a poem of any length with a $15...

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Breakwater Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a single poem. Jill McDonough will judge. Submit three poems of any length with a $10...

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction...

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Center for Documentary Studies

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $65
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $10,000 and publication in the Center for Documentary Studies's print and digital periodicals will be given annually for a documentary project that incorporates text...

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Lynx House Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Lynx House Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $28 entry fee by May 15. Visit...

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American Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Poetry Review is given annually for a poem by a poet under the age of 40. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems...

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Ruminate Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate Magazine is given annually for a poem. Shane McCrae will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to two...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living poet published in the United States during the previous year. Copies of the winning book are purchased...

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Lost Horse Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Lost Horse Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. Robert Wrigley will judge. Submit a...

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Artist Trust

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

Grants of up to $1,500 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are residents of Washington State. Students enrolled in a degree-granting...

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National Book Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $135
Application Deadline: 5/17/17

Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United...

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New Letters

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/18/17

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit three to six poems or up to 8,...

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Backwaters Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Backwaters Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Bob Hicok will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript...

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Munster Literature Center

Cash Prize: $1,060
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,060) and publication by the Munster Literature Center is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 16 to 24 pages with a...

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Bridport Arts Centre

Cash Prize: $6,250
Entry Fee: $13
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $6,250) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. Two second-place prizes of £1,...

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Oberlin College Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Oberlin College Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages...

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Crab Orchard

Cash Prize: $1,250
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 5/31/17

Three prizes of $1,250 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit...

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