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.

Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/18/17
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Southern Illinois University Press are given annually for poetry collections by U.S. poets. Each winner will also receive a $1,500...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/19/17

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of fiction or creative...

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Literary Death Match

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/21/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication will be given annually for a short short story. The winning story will be published on Literary Death Match bookmarks and distributed to...

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César Egido Serrano Foundation

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/23/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $20,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend an award ceremony in Madrid, Spain, will be given annually for a work of flash fiction written in English, Spanish,...

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Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/23/17

A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the...

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Quarter After Eight

Cash Prize: $1,008
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/17

A prize of $1,008.15 and publication in Quarter After Eight is given annually for a prose poem, a short short story, or a micro-essay. Stuart Dybek will judge. Submit...

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Burnside Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Burnside Review Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Suzanne Buffam will judge. Using the online submission...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/17

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A second-...

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Two Sylvias Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Two Sylvias Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a woman over the age of 50. Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists will also be published in the 2018 Lascaux Prize...

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University of Georgia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives travel expenses and $1,000 per event to...

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University of North Texas

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a mid-career poet. The winner will also receive airfare and lodging to give...

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BOA Editions

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by BOA Editions is given annually for a first book of poetry by a U.S. resident. D. A. Powell will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100...

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems with a $15 entry...

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Munster Literature Center

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $6
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,200), publication in Southword, and a weeklong residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, is given annually...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,400
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,400) and publication in the annual Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short story. The winner will also receive a five-day...

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Cider Press Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Lauren Allyne will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48...

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Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Louisiana Literature is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a full-length book of fiction. The...

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Waywiser Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 12/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by the Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous collection. The winner...

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Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 12/1/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Fellowships for a seven-month residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, are given annually to four poets and four fiction writers who have not...

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American Library Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous year that is set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven...

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Langum Charitable Trust

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the previous year. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of a book (or galleys)...

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Slipstream Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Slipstream Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 40 pages...

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University of Evansville

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem translated from any language into English. Willis Barnstone will judge. Submit up to 10 translated poems of no more than 200...

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/17

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines...

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