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.

Chicago Tribune

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/7/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,500 and publication in Printers Row, the Chicago Tribune's digital literary journal, is given annually for a short story. Four runners-up will...

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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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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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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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Ruminate

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $20...

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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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Center for Fiction

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Fiction

Fellowships of $5,000 each, membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and access to writing space at the center are given annually to fiction writers living in New...

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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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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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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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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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Red Hen Press

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a woman. Lidia Yuknavitch will judge. Using the online submission...

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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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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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Restless Books

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/28/18

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books is given in alternating years for a debut book of fiction or nonfiction by a first-generation immigrant. The 2018 prize...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,180
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 2/28/18
Genre: Fiction

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

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 2/28/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 author copies is given three times a year for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared...

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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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Ahsahta Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Ahsahta Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Boise State University are...

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Mad Creek Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Mad Creek Books, the trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a collection of short prose. Michelle Herman will...

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PEN Northwest

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

A seven-month residency from April to October, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer to live and...

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Broadside Lotus Press

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript of 60 to 90...

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Alabama State Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using...

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