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.

Michigan State University

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Wheelbarrow Books with distribution by Michigan State University Press will be given biennially to a poet who has published at least one...

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Boston Review

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

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review is given annually for a short story. Viet Thanh Nguyen will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 10/1/17

Four prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, and biography or autobiography (...

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Kore Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 10/1/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Kore Press is given annually for a memoir or memoir-in-essays by a woman writer. Cheryl Strayed will judge. Using the online submission...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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River Teeth

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 400 pages with a $25...

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Truman State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Truman State University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

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