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.

Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, novella, or collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who has...

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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with...

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North American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 11/2/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in North American Review is given annually for a single poem. Maggie Smith will judge. Submit up to five poems with a $23 entry fee,...

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Alice James Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 11/2/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet residing in the United States. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 100 pages...

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Cloudbank Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/10/20

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Cloudbank Books is given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or a combination of the two. Christopher Buckley will judge....

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Yale University Press             

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/20
Genre: Poetry

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

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The Story Prize

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $20,000 is given annually for a short story collection written in English and first published in the United States in the previous year. Two runners-up will receive...

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Nightboat Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 11/15/20
Genre: Poetry

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

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LitMag

Cash Prize: $1,250
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 11/15/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,250 and publication in LitMag is given annually for a piece of flash fiction. The winning story will also be reviewed by literary agency Sobel Weber...

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Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/20

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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Perugia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 11/15/20
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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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/20

A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been rejected by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes “worthy manuscripts that...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 11/19/20

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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Nowhere Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/20/20

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “possesses a powerful sense of place.” Porter...

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New Guard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 11/20/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication in the New Guard are given annually for a poem and a short story. Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven will judge. Using only the...

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Munster Literature Center

Cash Prize: $2,378
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 11/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,378), publication in Southword, and a weeklong residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, is given annually...

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University of North Texas

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. Public health conditions permitting, the winner will also...

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White Pine Press

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by White Pine Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 80 pages with a $20 entry fee by...

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Beloit Poetry Journal

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

A prize of $1,000, publication by Beloit Poetry Journal, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Using only the online...

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Quarter After Eight

Cash Prize: $1,008
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/20

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. Using only the online submission...

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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/20
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. Aimee Nezhukumatathil will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 11/30/20

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A second-...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,939
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 11/30/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,939) and publication in the annual Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short story. The winner will also be invited to attend...

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Brunel University London

Cash Prize: $3,668
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,668) is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who was born in Africa, is a national of an African country, or whose parents are...

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LitMag

Cash Prize: $1,250
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 11/30/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,250 and publication in LitMag will be given annually for a piece of flash fiction. The winner will also have their work reviewed by agents from the Bent...

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