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.

Tucson Festival of Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also be invited to take part in a panel discussion at the...

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North American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in North American Review is given annually for a poem. Eduardo C. Corral will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to...

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Persea Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a first poetry collection by a woman who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The winner also...

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Comstock Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by the Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given biennially for a poetry chapbook. Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton will judge. Submit a...

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University of North Texas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Rosanna Warren will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 31. Visit the...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. A second-place prize of $1,000 and publication is also awarded. Kathleen Winter...

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American Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by American Poetry Review is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winning book is distributed by Copper Canyon Press...

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Poetry Society of the United Kingdom

Cash Prize: $6,500
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $6,500) and publication on the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom website is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £2,000 (...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a...

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PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the current year. Four finalists will each receive $5,000. The winner and finalists will also be...

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Cloudbank Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/17

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Cloudbank Books will be given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or short experimental work, including micro essays and...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given three times yearly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print...

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Malahat Review

Cash Prize: $1,100
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 11/1/17

Three prizes of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,100) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay....

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a short story collection, novella, novella collection, or novel. U.S. writers who have not...

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Madison Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Madison Review are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. The editors will judge. Submit three poems...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet...

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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,333
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/1/17

A prize of $1,333 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15...

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Coal Hill Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Coal Hill Review in print and online is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Heather McNaugher will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

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Brick Road Poetry Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Brick Road Poetry Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Keith Badowski and Ron Self will judge. Using the...

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Washington College

Cash Prize: $45,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/1/17

A nine-month fellowship, which includes a stipend of $45,000, at the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland...

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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a...

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a novel, short story collection, novella, or...

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American-Scandinavian Foundation

Cash Prize: $23,000
Entry Fee: $60
Application Deadline: 11/1/17

Fellowships of up to $23,000 and grants of up to $5,000 are given annually to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators for study and research in...

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Whitefish Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Whitefish Review is given annually for a short story. Rick Bass will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of...

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