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.

Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
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. Copies of the winning book are purchased...

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/17

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. Writers who have not...

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St. Francis College

Cash Prize: $50,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially for a third, fourth, or fifth published book of fiction. Self-published books and English translations are eligible. Jeffery Renard Allen...

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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 previous year that “illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative...

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