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.

Poetry Foundation

Cash Prize: $25,800
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry

Five fellowships of $25,800 each are given annually to young poets. Writers who are U.S. residents or citizens between the ages of 21 and 31 as of April 30 are eligible. Using...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for an essay collection, memoir, or book of narrative nonfiction. Mark Doty will judge. Using the online...

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University of Pittsburgh Press

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length poetry...

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Beloit Poetry Journal

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Beloit Poetry Journal will be given annually for a poem. Carolyn Forché will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up...

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Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also asked to serve as a part-time volunteer...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $21
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story. A $1,000 second-place prize is also given....

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Friends of Falun Gong

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication on the Friends of Falun Gong website will be given annually for a poem that advocates for human rights in China. A panel of judges selected by...

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Ashland Poetry Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ashland Poetry Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 64 to 96 pages with a $25 entry...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry, Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages with a $28 entry fee by April...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/30/17

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Judy Juanita will judge. Using the online submission...

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Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The winner is also asked to serve as a part-...

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Hidden River Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Sowilo Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, and 10 author copies is given annually for a first novel or short story collection by a...

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Redivider

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Redivider are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a very short story. Using the online submission system,...

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Marsh Hawk Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry, Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Meena Alexander will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84 pages with a $25...

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University of Iowa Press

Cash Prize: $0
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20 entry fee during the month of April. Visit...

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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Ghost Story website is given twice yearly for a short story with a supernatural or magic realism theme. The editors will judge...

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Prairie Heritage, Inc.

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/17

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that "illuminates the heritage of America's...

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Nimrod International Journal

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for works of poetry and short fiction. The winners also receive...

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Arcadia

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/30/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arcadia are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit...

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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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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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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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Southwest Review

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a full-length book of fiction. Submit a...

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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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