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.

Winter Anthology

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, or an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10...

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Lascaux Review

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

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a poetry collection published during the previous two years. Self-published works are eligible. Submit a book published in 2016 or...

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Iowa Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Elizabeth Willis will judge in...

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Chattahoochee Review

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a story...

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Balcones Center for Creative Writing

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/31/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three copies of...

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Black Lawrence Press

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

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Little Tokyo Historical Society

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website is given annually for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district of...

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WB Yeats Society of NY

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the WB Yeats Society of NY website is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to a ceremony in New York City in the spring....

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Binghamton University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry...

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Passaic County Community College

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review will be given annually for a poem or group of poems. Submit four copies of up to five poems of no more...

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Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Up to five residencies of three to five months, each of which includes a stipend of up to $20,000 for three months or $28,000 for five months for living expenses, housing, and...

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry...

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Stadler Center for Poetry

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given in alternating years to poets, fiction...

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Passaic County Community College

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet is expected to participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading at...

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Colgate University

Cash Prize: $40,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $40,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to poets, fiction writers, or...

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Southern Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 80 pages of poetry (no...

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American Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 2/1/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a piece of flash fiction. Submit up to three stories of no more than 1,000 words each...

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Easy Street

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 2/2/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Easy Street will be given annually for a short story. The winning story and finalists will be published in the 2018...

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Southern Illinois University

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/2/18

Five prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection by an emerging writer, a poetry collection by an established writer, a book of literary fiction, a book of...

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Chicago Tribune

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/7/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,500 and publication in Printers Row, the Chicago Tribune's digital literary journal, is given annually for a short story. Four runners-up will...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/9/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Indiana University Press will be given in alternating years for a collection of poetry or a collection of short fiction. The 2018 prize...

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Hippocrates Prize

Cash Prize: $1,320
Entry Fee: $9
Application Deadline: 2/14/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,320) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and on the website is given annually for a poem on a medical theme. An additional...

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Ruminate

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $20...

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Center for Fiction

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Fiction

Fellowships of $5,000 each, membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and access to writing space at the center are given annually to fiction writers living in New...

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Milkweed Editions

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet currently residing in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota,...

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