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.

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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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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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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Loft Literary Center

Cash Prize: $8,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/17

Up to five grants of $8,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one year....

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 3/31/17

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 fiction or...

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Banipal Trust for Arab Literature

Cash Prize: $3,720
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,720) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English and published for the first time in English...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/17

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the...

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Arts & Letters

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

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Richard Garcia will judge in...

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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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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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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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Orison Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/1/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by Orison Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. Carl Phillips will judge in poetry and David Haynes...

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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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Pen Parentis

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Brain, Child is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The winner also receives an...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 4/23/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five...

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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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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Ghost Story website is given twice yearly for a short story with a supernatural or magic realism theme. The editors will judge...

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Hidden River Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Sowilo Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, and 10 author copies is given annually for a first novel or short story collection by a...

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Nimrod International Journal

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for works of poetry and short fiction. The winners also receive...

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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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