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.

Carlow University

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/2/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize valued at $2,000 is given annually to a woman poet over 40 who has not published a book in any genre. The winner receives $1,000; publication in Voices From the...

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Zoetrope: All-Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/2/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope: All-Story website is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists are considered for representation by...

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Missouri Review

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 10/2/17

Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or...

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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/2/17

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Southern Indiana Review are given annually for a poem, a work of fiction, and a work of creative nonfiction. Maggie...

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American Antiquarian Society

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/5/17

Up to three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for monthlong residencies at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) in...

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University of Louisville

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/13/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Salt Hill Journal is given annually for a work of fiction written in the fabulist experimental style of Italo Calvino. The winner...

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Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship

Cash Prize: $58,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/15/17
Genre: Poetry

An award of approximately $58,000 is given annually to a U.S. poet for a year of travel and study abroad. Submit two copies of up to 40 pages of poetry or a published book and...

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Silverfish Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length...

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San Diego Poetry Annual

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

A prize of $1,000, publication in San Diego Poetry Annual will be given annually for a poem. The winner will also receive an invitation to read at an award ceremony in...

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A Public Space

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/15/17

Three six-month fellowships of $1,000 each, publication in A Public Space, mentorship from an established author, and optional workspace in the journal's Brooklyn, New...

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Copper Nickel

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Victoria Chang will judge. Using the online submission system...

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Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review will be given annually for a single poem or a group of poems. Published and unpublished poems are...

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Barnard College

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Norton is given biennially for a second poetry collection by a U.S. woman poet. Rosanna Warren will judge. Submit three copies of a...

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Coffee-House Poetry

Cash Prize: $2,600
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 10/16/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £2,000 (approximately $2,600) is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,300) is also given. Both winners receive publication on...

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Omnidawn Publishing

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in OmniVerse, Omnidawn Publishing's online journal, is given annually for a poem. The winner also receives 50 copies of a letterpress...

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Cutthroat

Cash Prize: $1,300
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/20/17

Three prizes of $1,300 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Cornelius Eady will judge the Joy Harjo...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 10/23/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction. Lily Hoang will judge. Submit a manuscript of one...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 10/24/17
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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Finishing Line Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of up to 30 pages with a $15 entry fee by October 31. All...

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Persea Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a first poetry collection by a woman who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The winner also...

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University of North Texas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Rosanna Warren will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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Cloudbank Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Cloudbank Books will be given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or short experimental work, including micro essays and...

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PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the current year. Four finalists will each receive $5,000. The winner and finalists will also be...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. A second-place prize of $1,000 and publication is also awarded. Kathleen Winter...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
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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