Writing Contests, Grant & 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.

The Writer's Center

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/11/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Authors, publishers, and agents may submit three copies of a novel...

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Colorado Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 3/14/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Richard Bausch will judge. Submit a story of 10 to 50 pages with a $15 entry...

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Ruminate

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $20...

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Bellingham Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for...

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Washington College

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/17

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) working on a book relating to the literature,...

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The Pinch

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Amorak Huey will judge in poetry, Caitlin Horrocks...

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Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 3/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an unpublished poem. Eavan Boland will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March 15...

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The Word Works

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Word Works is given annually to a U.S. or Canadian poet for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

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Fourth Genre

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 3/15/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Faith Adiele will judge. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to...

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Southampton Review

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southampton Review is given annually for a personal essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6,000...

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Prairie Schooner

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. An editorial board will...

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Slope Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 3/15/17
Genre: Poetry, Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Slope Editions is given annually for a poetry collection. Dawn Lundy Martin will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 90 pages with a $22...

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Beyond Baroque Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 3/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Beyond Baroque Books will be given annually for a poetry collection by a poet living in the United States. The editors will judge. Submit a...

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New South

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Mark Doty will judge in poetry and Porochista...

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James Jones Literary Society

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work will be published in ...

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Image

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/17

A nine-month fellowship is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. The fellowship, valued at $25,000, includes...

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Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $100
Application Deadline: 3/17/17

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that "foster peace,...

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Cave Canem Foundation

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a first book of poetry by a black poet of African descent. Vievee Francis will judge....

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Creative Nonfiction

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/20/17

A prize of $10,000 is given occasionally for an essay. Two $2,500 runner-up prizes will also be awarded. The winning essays will be published in Creative Nonfiction....

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Enizagam

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/24/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Enizagam are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Matthew Zapruder will judge in poetry and Esmé Weijun...

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Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $6
Application Deadline: 3/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Evansville Review is given annually for a poem written in a metrical form. The winner also receives a scholarship and honorarium...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a work of flash fiction. Previously published and unpublished stories are eligible. Submit up...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,040
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,040) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at the West...

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Bosque Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in bosque is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt by a writer over the age of 40. Jesse Lee Kercheval will judge....

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $5 entry fee by...

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