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.

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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Bitter Oleander Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee between May 1...

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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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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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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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North Carolina Humanities Council

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/16/17

A prize of $1,500 and a weeklong residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina, is given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or...

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Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/20/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem that has not won a national competition. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages with a $15 entry fee by June...

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Mexico

Cash Prize: $150,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/22/17

A prize of $150,000 is given annually to honor a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who writes in Catalan, French, Galician, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian...

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Literary Arts

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/23/17

Fellowships of $3,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. One Women...

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The Moth

Cash Prize: $3,170
Entry Fee: $13
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,170) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of publication, a weeklong retreat at the...

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Parlor Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Parlor Press in the Free Verse Editions series is given annually for a poetry collection. Marianne Boruch will judge. Using the online...

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University of Pittsburgh Press

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Writers who have published at least one previous book...

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University of Canberra

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $15,000 AUD (approximately $11,600) and publication in an e-book anthology is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $3,870)...

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Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Cash Prize: $50,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $65,000 CAD (approximately $50,000) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator....

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Hidden River Arts

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

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction (and a synopsis if submitting a...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Myung Mi Kim will judge. Submit a...

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Autumn House Press

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

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Autumn House Press are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction. Each winner...

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Key West Literary Seminars

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Three prizes valued at $4,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and a novel-in-progress by writers who have not published a book with a major...

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Barrow Street Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Patricia Spears Jones will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $60
Application Deadline: 6/30/17

Three prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for self-published books of fiction, young adult fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners also receive publication of an...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
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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Bauhan Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Jennifer Militello will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50...

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National Poetry Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. C. J. Sage will judge. Submit via e-mail a manuscript of 45 to 75...

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Los Angeles Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/30/17

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. t'ai freedom ford...

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Engine Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Engine Books is given annually for a short story collection, a novella collection, or a novel. Maya Lang will judge. Using the online...

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