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.

Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/19

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a short story and an essay. Dennis Norris II will judge. Using the online...

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Glimmer Train Press

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given for a short story about families of any configuration. Using the...

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Mudfish

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,200 and publication in Mudfish is given annually for a single poem. John Yau will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee ($3...

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University of Iowa Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
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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Poetry Foundation

Cash Prize: $25,800
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
Genre: Poetry

Five fellowships of $25,800 each are given annually to U.S. poets between the ages of 21 and 31. Using the online submission system, submit 10 pages of poetry, a one-page...

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Marsh Hawk Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 84 pages with a $25 entry...

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Nimrod International Journal

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/19
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. A runner-up in each category...

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Leapfrog Press

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $33
Application Deadline: 5/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or a novella. Ramona Ausubel and the Leapfrog editors will judge....

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Sow’s Ear Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Sow’s Ear Press with distribution to Sow’s Ear Poetry Review subscribers, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry...

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Moon City Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Moon City Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript...

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Southwest Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a full-length book of fiction. Submit a...

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Atlanta Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 5/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Atlanta Review is given annually for a single poem. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length...

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Wick Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Kent State University Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. The winner is also invited to teach a weeklong writing...

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Pleiades Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives $1,000 to fund a book tour. The editors will judge....

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Talking Gourds

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $9
Application Deadline: 5/1/19
Genre: Poetry

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

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Whiting Foundation

Cash Prize: $40,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/3/19

Up to eight grants of $40,000 each are given annually for creative nonfiction works-in-progress to enable writers to complete their books. Creative nonfiction writers under...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/19

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet to be published in the current year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid weeklong...

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Carve

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Carve is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for electronic submissions...

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/19

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. Each winner also receives a...

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Breakwater Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a single poem. Jill McDonough will judge. Submit three poems of any length with a $10...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Publishing is given annually for a book-length work of speculative fiction. The editors will judge. Using the online...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
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. The winner also receives an all-expenses-...

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Georgia Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Georgia Review is given annually for a single poem. Stephen Dunn will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than ten...

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