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.

Nightboat Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Nightboat Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Kazim Ali and Stephen Motika will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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Perugia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a woman. Submit a manuscript of 45 to 85 pages with a $27 entry...

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Mid-American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
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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Measure Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $3
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry is given annually for a sonnet. Dana Gioia will judge. Submit a sonnet with a $3 entry fee by...

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Philadelphia Stories

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Philadelphia Stories is given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to an awards event in Philadelphia. Dilruba...

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Washington Writers Publishing House

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers Publishing House, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or...

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Yale University Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry

An award of publication by Yale University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an early-career poet who has not published a full-length book of poetry. Carl...

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Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine is given annually for a group of poems. The winner also receives an all-access pass to the...

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Pleiades Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press with distribution by Louisiana State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. Marcus...

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National Federation of State Poetry Societies

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS), and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript...

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PEN Center USA

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 11/15/17

Prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation published in the previous year by authors residing west of the...

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Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/18/17
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Southern Illinois University Press are given annually for poetry collections by U.S. poets. Each winner will also receive a $1,500...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/19/17

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of fiction or creative...

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Two Sylvias Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Two Sylvias Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a woman over the age of 50. Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy...

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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a first book of poetry by a U.S. resident. D. A. Powell will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100...

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University of Georgia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives travel expenses and $1,000 per event to...

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Cider Press Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Lauren Allyne will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48...

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems with a $15 entry...

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Burnside Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Burnside Review Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Suzanne Buffam will judge. Using the online submission...

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University of North Texas

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. The winner will also receive airfare and lodging to give...

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Quarter After Eight

Cash Prize: $1,008
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/17

A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight is given annually for a prose poem, a short short story, or a micro-essay. Stuart Dybek will judge. Submit...

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Munster Literature Center

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $6
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,200), publication in Southword, and a weeklong residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, is given annually...

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University of Evansville

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem translated from any language into English. Willis Barnstone will judge. Submit up to 10 translated poems of no more than 200...

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Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. The winners and finalists for the prize, which is cosponsored by Loyola Marymount University, will be invited to read at Beyond...

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Five Points

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Five Points is given annually for a group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of no more than...

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