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.

Atlanta Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Atlanta Review is given annually for a single poem. Using only the online submission system, submit up to five poems of any length...

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Wick Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Kent State University Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. The winner is also invited to teach a weeklong writing...

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Georgia Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Georgia Review is given annually for a single poem. Arthur Sze will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages...

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High Desert Museum

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/1/21

A prize of $2,500 and a two-week residency at the PLAYA artists and scientists’ retreat in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a nonfiction work-in-progress that “...

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Breakwater Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 5/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a single poem. Submit three poems of any length with a $10 entry fee by May 1. All entries...

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Leapfrog Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 5/3/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, novel, or novella. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Australian Book Review

Cash Prize: $4,356
Entry Fee: $19
Application Deadline: 5/3/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of AUD $6,000 (approximately $4,356) is given annually for a story. A second-place prize of AUD $4,000 (approximately $2,970) and a third-place prize of AUD $2,500 (...

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Bristol Short Story Prize

Cash Prize: $1,343
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 5/5/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,343) and publication in Volume 14 of the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology is given annually for a short story. Irene Baldoni,...

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/21

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Each winner also receives a...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 5/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living poet published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives an all-expenses...

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Crook’s Corner Book Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 5/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a debut novel set in the American South. The author may live anywhere, but eligible novels must be set primarily in Alabama, Arkansas,...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/21

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet to be published in the coming calendar year. The winner also receives an all-expenses paid...

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Carve

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 5/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Carve is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $17...

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