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 North Texas Press

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

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

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Cider Press Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $26
Application Deadline: 6/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Cider Press Review, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The editors will judge. Submit a...

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Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 7/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website is given annually for a poem that explores "positive visions of peace and the human spirit."...

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Blue Mountain Center

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/1/17

A prize of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to an essayist or journalist whose...

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Claremont Graduate University

Cash Prize: $100,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/1/17
Genre: Poetry

The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner spends one week in residence at Claremont Graduate...

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Comstock Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 7/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a poem. Ellen Bass will judge. Submit a poem of up to 40 lines with a $5 entry fee by July 1....

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Bellevue Literary Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/1/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works about...

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Santa Fe Writers Project

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/7/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by 2040 Books, an imprint of the Santa Fe Writers Project, will be given annually for a short story or essay collection, a novel, or a memoir...

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Crab Orchard

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/10/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually...

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Ledbury Poetry Festival

Cash Prize: $1,250
Entry Fee: $6
Application Deadline: 7/13/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize £1,000 (approximately $1,250) and a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writers' Centre of Wales, is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at the...

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Fairy Tale Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 7/15/17

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Fairy Tale Review are given annually for a group of poems and a work of fiction or creative nonfiction influenced by fairy...

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Emrys Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Emrys Press will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive a weeklong residency at the Rensing Center Artists...

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Rattle

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a poem. A Reader's Choice Award of $2,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Submit up to four...

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Literal Latté

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Submit up to six poems totaling no more than 2,000 words each with a...

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Mudfish

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,200 and publication in Mudfish is given annually for a poem. Philip Schultz will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee ($3 for...

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Aspen Words

Cash Prize: $35,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 8/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $35,000 will be given annually for a book of fiction published in the current calendar year that “illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the...

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