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.

CutBank

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/17

A prize of $1,000, publication by CutBank, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The editors will judge....

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit...

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Writing Ranch

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/1/17

A prize of $2,000 and a four-week residency at the PLAYA retreat in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a nonfiction work-in-progress that "recognizes the vital role...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 4/7/17

Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of prose translated from any language into English and published in the previous year. For the...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/7/17

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction translated from Italian into English and published in the previous year. Publishers may submit a book...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 4/9/17

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10...

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New Ohio Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Rosanna Warren will judge...

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Press 53

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Rebecca Foust will judge in poetry, and David Jauss...

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DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $19
Application Deadline: 4/28/17

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or hybrid-genre work. Ander...

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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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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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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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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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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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Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society

Cash Prize: $7,500
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 5/1/17

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a novel. A prize of $2,000 for a book of nonfiction, and three prizes of $1,500 each for a short story, a novella, and a novel-in-...

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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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Maine Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/4/17

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. Writers...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

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

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

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. Writers who have not...

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