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.

Waywiser Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by the Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous collection. The winner...

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Langum Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the previous year. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of a book (or galleys)...

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University of Evansville

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Evansville Review is given annually for a single poem translated from any language into English. Willis Barnstone will judge....

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Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/19

A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the...

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Ohio University Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Ohio University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 95 pages with a $30 entry fee by December 1....

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Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 12/2/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Fellowships for a seven-month residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, are given annually to four poets and four fiction writers who have not...

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Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/3/19
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by Southern Illinois University Press are given annually for poetry collections by U.S. poets. Each winner will also give a reading at...

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Friends of American Writers 

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/10/19

A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who...

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LitMag

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,500 and publication in LitMag is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 will also be given. The winners will have their work...

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Willow Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/19

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of creative nonfiction by writers of color. Using only the online...

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Silverfish Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a...

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Center for Book Arts

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive an additional $500 to give a...

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Mid-American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/15/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mid-American Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems for the James Wright Poetry...

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Commonwealth Club of California

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/15/19

Five prizes are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, a first book of fiction, a book of creative nonfiction, and a book of fiction or nonfiction that...

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F(r)iction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given three times a year for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 1,000 to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by...

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/23/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication of a poem on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Submit two...

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 12/23/19
Genre: Poetry

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Poetry Society of America are given annually for poetry chapbooks by poets who have not published a full-length collection....

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/23/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $20,000 is given annually for a unified and complete sequence of poems published in the U.S. in a print or online journal, a chapbook, or a book. Three finalists,...

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New Issues Poetry & Prose

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose is given annually for a book of poetry by a poet who has not published a full-length collection. Traci...

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and two additional guest panelists (usually the winner’s agent and editor)...

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Codhill Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. James Sherwood will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70...

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Three Percent

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two awards of $10,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or novel translated into English for the first time and published in the...

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Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Cash Prize: $49,024
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/19
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $65,000 CAD (approximately $49,024) each are given annually for poetry collections published during the previous year by a Canadian poet or translator and by an...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/19

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African...

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Neukom Institute for Computational Science

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/19
Genre: Fiction

Two prizes of $5,000 each will be given annually for a debut book of speculative fiction and a book of speculative fiction published during the previous year. Winners must be...

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