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.

River Teeth

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 10/31/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Bret Lott will judge. Using only the online submission...

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University of North Texas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of...

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Comstock Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by the Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given biennially for a poetry chapbook. Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton will judge. Submit a...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Indiana University Press is given in alternating years for a collection of poetry or a collection of short fiction. The 2020 prize will be...

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PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the current year. Four finalists will each receive $5,000. The winner and finalists will also be...

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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Using only the online submission system, submit up to five poems...

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Malahat Review

Cash Prize: $1,520
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 11/1/19

Three prizes of CAD $2,000 (approximately $1,520) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay....

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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,333
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/19

A prize of $1,333 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for an essay. Using only the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a...

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Washington College

Cash Prize: $45,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/1/19

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, is...

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Fiction Collective Two

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

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a novel, short story collection, novella, or novella collection. U.S. writers who have not...

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 11/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, novella, or collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who has...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 11/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet...

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Sow’s Ear Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 11/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sow’s Ear Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Jericho Brown will judge. Submit up to five poems with a $30 entry fee,...

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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words...

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Brick Road Poetry Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Brick Road Poetry Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Keith Badowski and Ron Self will judge. Using only...

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Cutthroat

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/19

Three prizes of $1,200 each and publication in Cutthroat are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Using only the online submission system...

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Briar Cliff Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three...

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a novel, short story collection, novella, or...

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Autumn House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Autumn House Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Gerry LaFemina will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Alice James Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 11/4/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet residing in the United States. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages...

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Washington Writers Publishing House

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers Publishing House, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or...

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Yale University Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Poetry

An award of publication by Yale University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has not published a full-length book of poetry. Carl Phillips will...

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Nightboat Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Nightboat Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Kazim Ali will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Perugia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 11/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a woman. Submit a manuscript of 45 to 85 pages with a $27 entry...

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Sustainable Arts Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/28/20

Up to twenty awards of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one child under the age of...

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