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.

Center for Documentary Studies

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $65
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $10,000 and publication in the Center for Documentary Studies's print and digital periodicals will be given annually for a documentary project that incorporates text...

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Artist Trust

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

Grants of up to $1,500 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are residents of Washington State. Students enrolled in a degree-granting...

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Breakwater Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a single poem. Jill McDonough will judge. Submit three poems of any length with a $10...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

Awards of $15,000 each are given annually to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction...

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Lost Horse Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Lost Horse Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. Robert Wrigley will judge. Submit a...

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Ruminate Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate Magazine is given annually for a poem. Shane McCrae will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to two...

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Lynx House Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Lynx House Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $28 entry fee by May 15. Visit...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living poet published in the United States during the previous year. Copies of the winning book are purchased...

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National Book Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $135
Application Deadline: 5/17/17

Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to honor a book of poetry, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction written by U.S. writers and published in the United...

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New Letters

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/18/17

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in New Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit three to six poems or up to 8,...

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Oberlin College Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Oberlin College Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages...

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Crab Orchard

Cash Prize: $1,250
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 5/31/17

Three prizes of $1,250 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit...

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Bridport Arts Centre

Cash Prize: $6,250
Entry Fee: $13
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $6,250) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. Two second-place prizes of £1,...

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Backwaters Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Backwaters Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Bob Hicok will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript...

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Southern Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit three to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry...

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Anhinga Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also invited to participate in a reading tour at...

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Munster Literature Center

Cash Prize: $1,060
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 5/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,060) and publication by the Munster Literature Center is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 16 to 24 pages with a...

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Writer's Digest

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/1/17

A prize of $5,000, publication in the 86th annual Writer's Digest Competition Collection, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in August in...

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Boston Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Mónica de la Torre will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no...

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Southern Humanities Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Humanities Review is given annually for a poem of witness in honor of the late poet Jake Adam York. The winner also...

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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 6/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed...

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University of Akron Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Oliver de la Paz will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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American-Scandinavian Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/17

A prize of $2,500 and publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review is given annually for an English translation of a work of poetry, fiction, or creative...

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Towson University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/17

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a current resident of Maryland who has lived in the state for at least three years...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 6/15/17

Three prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States...

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