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.

Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/22/17
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: 12/22/17
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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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/29/17

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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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/30/17

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

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New Issues Poetry & Prose

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/30/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by New Issues Poetry & Prose is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winner will also receive an honorarium of $500 and...

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Bright Hill Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bright Hill Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 64 pages with a $27 entry fee...

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Cleveland Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/17

Prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year that "contribute to...

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Society of Classical Poets

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication on the Society of Classical Poets website is given annually for a group of three to five poems on a theme. At least one poem must address human...

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River Styx

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for a short short story. Submit up to three stories of no more than 500 words each with a $10 entry...

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Livingston Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Livingston Press, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first collection of short stories by a U.S. citizen. Fiction writers who have...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Press 53 is given annually for a story collection. Kevin Morgan Watson will judge. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 250 pages with a $30 entry...

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Before Columbus Foundation

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/17

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s...

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Ashland Creek Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 12/31/17

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction that focuses on the environment, animal protection, ecology, or wildlife. The winner also...

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Tampa Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
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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The Moth

Cash Prize: $12,000
Entry Fee: $13
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €10,000 (approximately $12,000) and publication in the Moth is given annually for a poem. Three runner-up prizes of €1,000 (approximately $1,200) each are...

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Three Percent

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two awards of $10,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or novel translated into English for the first time and published in the...

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Tampa Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Poetry

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

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Massachusetts Museum of...

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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous two years. Submit a book published in 2016 or 2017 with a $20 entry fee by December 31. Visit the...

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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a nationally distributed book. Submit a story of...

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Crosswinds

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Crosswinds is given annually for a poem. Lloyd Schwartz will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of...

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Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Cash Prize: $65,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/17
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $65,000 Canadian (approximately $50,000) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or...

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Mississippi Review

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Current or former University of Southern...

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Bayou Magazine

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

Two prizes of $1,000 each will be given annually for a poem and a short story. The winners will also receive a subscription to Bayou Magazine and their work will be...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $7
Application Deadline: 1/2/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $7 entry fee...

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