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 Georgia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Lee K. Abbott will judge. Using the online submission...

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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a short story collection. Peter Conners will judge. Submit a manuscript of 90 to 200 pages with a $25...

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Bridport Arts Centre

Cash Prize: $7,000
Entry Fee: $14
Application Deadline: 5/31/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £5,000 (approximately $7,000) each and publication in the Bridport Prize anthology are given annually for a poem and a short story. Two second-place prizes of £1,...

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Backwaters Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500, publication by Backwaters Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Kwame Dawes will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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Munster Literature Center

Cash Prize: $1,230
Entry Fee: $31
Application Deadline: 5/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,230) and publication by the Munster Literature Center is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner receives accommodations and some...

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Nowhere Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." Porter Fox will...

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Milkweed Editions

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions will be given annually to a U.S. poet for a debut poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Southern Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Submit three to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages with a $20 entry...

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Boston Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication on the Boston Review website is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Mary Jo Bang will judge. Submit up to five poems...

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Southern Humanities Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southern Humanities Review is given annually for a poem of witness in honor of the late poet Jake Adam York. The winner also...

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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 6/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed...

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Southampton Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a short story by a college student. The winner will also receive a full scholarship to attend the Southampton Writers Conference in...

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Writer's Digest

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 6/1/18

A prize of $5,000, publication in the 87th annual Writer's Digest Competition Collection, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in New York...

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American Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 6/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in American Short Fiction will be given annually for a short story. ZZ Packer will judge. Submit a story of 2,000 to 6,500 words with...

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Salamander

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/4/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Salamander is given annually for a short story. Molly Antopol will judge. Submit a story of up to 30 pages with a $15 entry fee...

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Maine Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/14/18

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. The...

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Towson University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/18

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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Bitter Oleander Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/15/18
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: 6/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Diane Seuss will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Pulitzer Prizes

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 6/15/18

Four prizes of $15,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers for books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, and biography or autobiography (including memoir) published in...

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American-Scandinavian Foundation

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/18

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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Willow Springs Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 6/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Willow Springs Books is given annually for a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of three or more stories totaling at least 98...

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Philadelphia Stories

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 6/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Philadelphia Stories is given annually for a short story. The winner will also receive travel and lodging expenses to read at...

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Bard College

Cash Prize: $30,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 6/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give...

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New American Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 6/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by New American Press is given annually for a book of fiction. John McNally will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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