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.

New Rivers Press

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by New Rivers Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an emerging writer....

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/17

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines...

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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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African Poetry Book Fund

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection by a poet who was born in Africa, is an African national or...

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Australian Book Review

Cash Prize: $3,970
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/3/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 Australian (approximately $3,970) is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of $2,000 Australian (approximately $1,590) will also be given. The...

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Morehead State University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/4/17

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by an Appalachian writer. Authors and publishers may submit four copies of a book of...

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National Endowment for the Arts

Cash Prize: $12,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/5/17

Grants of $12,500 and $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in...

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Friends of American Writers

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/10/17

A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who...

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University of Iowa Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/10/17

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for an essay collection. Submit a manuscript of 40,000 to 90,000 words with a $10 entry fee by December 10. Visit the...

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Gival Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Gival Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 45 pages with a $20 entry fee by...

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LitMag

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,500 and publication in LitMag will be given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 will also be given. The winners will also have...

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Center for Book Arts

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive an additional $500 to give a...

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December

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in December is given annually for a group of poems. Luis J. Rodriguez will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20...

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Willow Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/17

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by writers of color. Using the...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 12/15/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Hidden River Review will be given annually for a group of poems, a short short story, and a piece of nonfiction. Submit...

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Public Poetry

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication on the Public Poetry website, and an invitation to give a reading in Houston, Texas, is given annually for a poem on a theme. This year's theme...

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Chautauqua Institution

Cash Prize: $7,500
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 12/15/17

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year. The winner also receives a weeklong all-expenses-paid...

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Nowhere Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/17

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

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Codhill Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/20/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Pauline Uchmanowicz will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70...

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String Poet

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 12/20/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in String Poet is given annually for a poem. The winner also receives an original music composition by a professional composer...

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 12/22/17
Genre: Poetry

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Poetry Society of America are given annually for poetry chapbooks by poets who have not published a full-length collection....

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Quercus Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/22/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Quercus Review Press, and 15 author copies is given twice yearly for a poetry collection. Sam Pierstorff will judge the Fall Poetry Book Award...

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Commonwealth Club of California

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/22/17

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous...

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/22/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication of a poem on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Submit two...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/29/17

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African...

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