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.

Stadler Center for Poetry

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given in alternating years to poets, fiction...

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Binghamton University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry...

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American Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a piece of flash fiction. Submit up to three stories of no more than 1,000 words each...

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Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Up to five residencies of three to five months, each of which includes a stipend of up to $20,000 for three months or $28,000 for five months for living expenses, housing, and...

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Easy Street

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 2/2/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Easy Street will be given annually for a short story. The winning story and finalists will be published in the 2018...

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Southern Illinois University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/2/18

Five prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection by an emerging writer, a poetry collection by an established writer, a book of literary fiction, a book of...

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Chicago Tribune

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/7/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,500 and publication in Printers Row, the Chicago Tribune's digital literary journal, is given annually for a short story. Four runners-up will...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/9/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Indiana University Press will be given in alternating years for a collection of poetry or a collection of short fiction. The 2018 prize...

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Center for Fiction

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Fiction

Fellowships of $5,000 each, membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and access to writing space at the center are given annually to fiction writers living in New...

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Ruminate

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
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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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/17/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry e-book and a fiction e-book by an African American writer self-published in the United States during the previous year....

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a woman. Lidia Yuknavitch will judge. Using the online submission...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 2/28/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 author copies is given three times a year for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared...

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Restless Books

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/28/18

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books is given in alternating years for a debut book of fiction or nonfiction by a first-generation immigrant. The 2018 prize...

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Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Cash Prize: $5,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/28/18

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,180
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 2/28/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,180) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. Sherrie Flick will judge. Submit a story of...

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Mad Creek Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Mad Creek Books, the trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a collection of short prose. Michelle Herman will...

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Mississippi Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in...

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University of Wisconsin

Cash Prize: $38,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of at least $38,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to five writers working on a...

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Hunger Mountain

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ephemeral Artery, Hunger Mountain's online publication, are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an...

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Alabama State Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using...

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Leeway Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and...

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Lake Forest College

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at...

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Selected Shorts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City's Gotham Writers Workshop is given annually for a short story. The winning work will be...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press will be given annually for a book of historical fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of any...

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