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.

Bedford Competition

Cash Prize: $1,254
Entry Fee: $9
Application Deadline: 10/31/22
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of £1,000 each (approximately $1,254) and publication in the Bedford Competition anthology will be given annually for a poem and a short story. Jessica Mookherjee will...

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Comstock Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by the Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Peggy Sperber Flanders will judge. Submit a...

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Briar Cliff Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/22

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three poems...

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Washington Writers’ Publishing House

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 11/1/22

Three prizes of $1,500 each, publication by Washington Writers’ Publishing House, and 25 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection, a short story collection or...

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/22
Genre: Fiction

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

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North American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 11/1/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in North American Review is given annually for a single poem. Paul Guest will judge. Submit up to five poems of any length with a $23...

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Brick Road Poetry Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 11/1/22
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 Olivia Ivings will judge. Using...

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/22
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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North American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 11/1/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in North American Review will be given annually for a work of speculative fiction. Brian Evenson will judge. Submit a short story, work...

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a novel, novella, or collection of linked stories by a U.S. writer who has...

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F(r)iction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/1/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given twice a year for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 1,001 to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by November 1....

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Malahat Review

Cash Prize: $1,595
Entry Fee: $36
Application Deadline: 11/1/22

Three prizes of $2,000 Canadian (approximately $1,595) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using only the...

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Carve

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 11/15/22

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

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Nightboat Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 11/15/22
Genre: Poetry

Up to four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Nightboat Books are given annually for poetry collections. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system,...

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Yale University Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Yale University Press, and a writing fellowship at the James Merrill House in Stonington, Connecticut, is given annually for a poetry...

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Nina Riggs Poetry Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem that examines relationships, family, or domestic life that was published in a book or magazine in the last three years....

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Perugia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 11/15/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a writer who identifies as a woman. Submit a manuscript of 45 to...

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