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.

Australian Book Review

Cash Prize: $3,970
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/3/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $3,970) is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of $2,000 AUD (approximately $1,590) will also be given. The winners will be...

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National Endowment for the Arts

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/5/18

Grants of $12,500 and $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in...

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Bronx Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/10/18

Grants of $4,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who reside in the Bronx in New York City. Winners are encouraged to complete...

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Friends of American Writers

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/10/18

A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who...

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Brunel University London

Cash Prize: $3,990
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/12/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,990) is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who was born in Africa, is an African national or resident, or whose parents are...

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LitMag

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,500 and publication in LitMag is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 will also be given. The winners will have their work...

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Willow Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/18

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by writers of color. Using the...

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Santa Fe Writers Project

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/15/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by 2040 Books, an imprint of the Santa Fe Writers Project, will be given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer of...

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Commonwealth Club of California

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/15/18

Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published during the previous year. Prizes are also given for a...

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Public Poetry

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication in an e-book anthology, and an invitation to give a reading in Houston, Texas, is given annually for a poem on a theme. This year's theme is “...

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Center for Book Arts

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive an additional $500 to give a...

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Codhill Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/20/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Pauline Uchmanowicz will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70...

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/22/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $20,000 will be given annually for a unified and complete sequence of poems published in the U.S. in a print or online journal, a chapbook, or a book. Three...

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/22/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication of a poem on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Submit two...

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $12
Application Deadline: 12/22/18
Genre: Poetry

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by the Poetry Society of America are given annually for poetry chapbooks by poets who have not published a full-length collection....

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Quercus Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/28/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Quercus Review Press, and 15 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Sam Pierstorff will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 12/29/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies will be given annually for a first or second collection of poetry. Rajiv Mohabir, Metta Sáma, Stacy...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Press 53, and 50 author copies is given annually for a story collection. Kevin Morgan Watson will judge. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 250...

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Tampa Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by University of Tampa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28 for...

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Nowhere Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “possesses a powerful sense of place.” Porter...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/18

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Florida Review is given annually for a chapbook of short fiction, short nonfiction, or graphic narrative. Submit a manuscript of...

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Tampa Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of 500 to 5,000 words with a $20 entry...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/18

Four prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a first novel, a book of fiction, and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) by an African...

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New Rivers Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/18

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by New Rivers Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an emerging writer....

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Cleveland Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/18

Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published during the previous year that "contribute to our understanding of racism and...

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