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.

Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Sandy Longhorn will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Beloit Poetry Journal

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Beloit Poetry Journal is given annually for a single poem. Ellen Bass will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit...

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Marsh Hawk Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Susan Howe will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
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 winning work will...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/20

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Dennis Norris II will judge. Using only the online...

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University of Iowa Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
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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University of Pittsburgh Press

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee...

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Wick Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
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 teach a weeklong writing...

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Breakwater Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Poetry

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

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Willie Morris Awards

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel published during the previous year that is set in the South and reflects Willie Morris’s “hope for belonging, for belief in a...

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Georgia Review

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

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Georgia Review is given annually for a single poem. Ilya Kaminsky will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10...

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Moon City Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Moon City Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Willie Morris Awards

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 is given annually for a single poem that evokes the American South. Susan Kinsolving will judge. Submit one poem of up to three pages by May 1. There is no...

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Leapfrog Press

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $33
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, novel, or novella. Cris Mazza and the Leapfrog editors will judge. Using...

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Sow’s Ear Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Poetry

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

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Atlanta Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Atlanta Review is given annually for a single poem. Using only the online submission system, submit up to five poems of any length...

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Restless Books

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/1/20

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 2020 prize...

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Australian Book Review

Cash Prize: $4,095
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 5/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of AUD $6,000 (approximately $4,095) is given annually for a story. A second-place prize of AUD $4,000 (approximately $2,730) and a third-place prize of AUD $2,500 (...

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Whiting Foundation

Cash Prize: $40,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/4/20

Up to eight grants of $40,000 each are given annually for creative nonfiction works-in-progress to enable writers to complete their books. Creative nonfiction writers under...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/20

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

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Carve

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 5/15/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Carve is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic submissions...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 5/15/20
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. The winner also receives an all-expenses...

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/20

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. Each winner also receives a...

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Crook’s Corner Book Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 5/15/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a debut novel set in the American South. The winner will also be entitled to a complimentary glass of wine every day for a year at Crook...

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