Writing Contests, Grant & 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.

Kundiman/Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 4/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an Asian American poet. The board members of Kundiman and Tupelo Press will judge...

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Finishing Line Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 4/15/17
Genre: Poetry, Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook by a woman who has not yet published a full-length collection. Leah Maines...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/15/17

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Rebecca Foust will judge in poetry, and David Jauss...

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University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 4/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press will be given annually for a poetry collection by a Latina or Latino writer. Using the online submission...

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New Ohio Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Ohio Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Rosanna Warren will judge...

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University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press will be given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a writer of Arab heritage. Series editors...

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Pen Parentis

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/17/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Brain, Child is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The winner also receives an...

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Hub City Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/17/17
Genre: Poetry, Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hub City Press is given biennially for a poetry collection. U.S. poets who have published no more than one full-length poetry collection...

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Talking Gourds

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $9
Application Deadline: 4/22/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. The winner will also receive $500 in travel expenses to attend the Telluride Literary Arts Festival in Colorado in May. Chris...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 4/23/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/24/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Tyrone Williams will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to...

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DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $19
Application Deadline: 4/28/17

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or hybrid-genre work. Ander...

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Arcadia

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/30/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arcadia are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit...

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Nimrod International Journal

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for works of poetry and short fiction. The winners also receive...

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Ashland Poetry Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ashland Poetry Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 64 to 96 pages with a $25 entry...

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Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner is also asked to serve as a part-time volunteer...

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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Ghost Story website is given twice yearly for a short story with a supernatural or magic realism theme. The editors will judge...

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Poetry Foundation

Cash Prize: $25,800
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry

Five fellowships of $25,800 each are given annually to young poets. Writers who are U.S. residents or citizens between the ages of 21 and 31 as of April 30 are eligible. Using...

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Beloit Poetry Journal

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Beloit Poetry Journal will be given annually for a poem. Carolyn Forché will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up...

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Redivider

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/17

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Redivider are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/30/17

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Judy Juanita will judge. Using the online submission...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $21
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story. A $1,000 second-place prize is also given....

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University of Iowa Press

Cash Prize: $0
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20 entry fee during the month of April. Visit...

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University of Pittsburgh Press

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. Poets who have not published a full-length poetry...

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Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. The winner is also asked to serve as a part-...

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