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.

Los Angeles Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/30/17

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. t'ai freedom ford...

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Engine Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Engine Books is given annually for a short story collection, a novella collection, or a novel. Maya Lang will judge. Using the online...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction (and a synopsis if submitting a...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given three times yearly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print...

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University of North Texas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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The Moth

Cash Prize: $3,170
Entry Fee: $13
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,170) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of publication, a weeklong retreat at the...

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Bellevue Literary Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/1/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works about...

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Santa Fe Writers Project

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/7/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by 2040 Books, an imprint of the Santa Fe Writers Project, will be given annually for a short story or essay collection, a novel, or a memoir...

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Fairy Tale Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 7/15/17

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fairy Tale Review are given annually for a group of poems and a work of fiction or creative nonfiction influenced by fairy...

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Aspen Words

Cash Prize: $35,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 8/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $35,000 will be given annually for a book of fiction published in the current calendar year that “illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the...

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