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.

University of Notre Dame

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given biennially for a second or third poetry collection by a Latinx poet residing in the United States. Carmen Giménez...

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PRISM

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,150) and publication in PRISM is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $40 entry...

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Fourteen Hills

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication in Fourteen Hills is given annually for a long poem with an inventive spirit. Chet Wiener will judge. Using the online submission...

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Asheville Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville,...

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University of Texas in Austin

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Two residencies, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, at a rural retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, who have lived in Texas...

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Third Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two awards of $1,000 each and publication in Third Coast are given annually for a poem and a short story. Sarah Kay will judge the Third Coast Poetry Prize and...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Arts will be given annually for a novella. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 17,500 to 40,000 words with a $24...

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French-American Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published...

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Australian Book Review

Cash Prize: $3,800
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/15/18

A prize of AUD $5,000 (approximately $3,800) and publication in Australian Book Review is given annually for an essay. A second-place prize of AUD $2,500 (...

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Jewish Currents

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a poem on a theme. This year's theme is "Facts, Fakes, Fictions." The winning poem will...

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Breakwater Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 1/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a story. Joan Wickersham will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $10 entry...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 1/16/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Arthur Sze will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 1/24/18
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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North Carolina Writers' Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/30/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story. The winning story will also be considered for publication in Thomas Wolfe Review. Sarah Addison Allen will judge...

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Caine Prize for African Writing

Cash Prize: $13,210
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of £10,000 (approximately $13,210) is given annually for a previously published short story by an African writer. Shortlisted candidates will receive £500 (...

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Crazyhorse

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Vijay Seshadri will judge in poetry, Kelly Link...

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Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Autumn House Press will be given annually for a debut poetry collection by a writer age 33 or younger. Richard Siken will judge. Submit a...

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Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Grants of $1,500 each are given annually to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants...

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Main Street Rag

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,200, publication by Main Street Rag, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors and previous winners will judge. Submit...

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Writers at Work

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Three prizes of publication in Quarterly West are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay or memoir excerpt. The winners also...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Red Hen Press, and a four-week residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a poetry collection. Richard Blanco will judge...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,180
Entry Fee: $19
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

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

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New Millennium Writings

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a work of flash fiction, and a work of creative...

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Schaffner Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that "deals...

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Ohioana Library Association

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an Ohio fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer age 30 or under who has not published a book. Writers born in Ohio or who have lived...

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