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.

Schaffner Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that "deals...

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry...

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Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Up to five residencies of three to five months, each of which includes a stipend of up to $20,000 for three months or $28,000 for five months for living expenses, housing, and...

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Passaic County Community College

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet is expected to participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading at...

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WB Yeats Society of NY

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the WB Yeats Society of NY website is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to a ceremony in New York City in the spring....

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Passaic County Community College

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review will be given annually for a poem or group of poems. Submit four copies of up to five poems of no more...

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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 80 pages of poetry (no...

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Colgate University

Cash Prize: $40,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $40,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to poets, fiction writers, or...

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Binghamton University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry...

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Stadler Center for Poetry

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given in alternating years to poets, fiction...

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Southern Illinois University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/2/18

Five prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection by an emerging writer, a poetry collection by an established writer, a book of literary fiction, a book of...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/9/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Indiana University Press will be given in alternating years for a collection of poetry or a collection of short fiction. The 2018 prize...

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Hippocrates Prize

Cash Prize: $1,320
Entry Fee: $9
Application Deadline: 2/14/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,320) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and on the website is given annually for a poem on a medical theme. An additional...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry translated from any language into English and published in the United States during the previous year. Collaborations...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe will be given annually for a book of poetry originally written in Spanish by a living writer and...

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Salem State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East is given annually for a group of poems. Oliver de la Paz will judge. Using the online submission system, submit 8...

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Milkweed Editions

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet currently residing in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota,...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hidden River Review will be given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 75...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 is given biennially for a book of modern Italian poetry translated into English and published in the United States. Self-published collections are ineligible...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/17/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry e-book and a fiction e-book by an African American writer self-published in the United States during the previous year....

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National Poetry Series

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/28/18
Genre: Poetry

Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers include Beacon...

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Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Cash Prize: $5,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/28/18

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28. All...

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Atlanta Review

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Atlanta Review is given annually for a poem. Submit up to two poems of any length with a $12 entry fee ($18 for 3 to 7 poems) by...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...

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