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.

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Cash Prize: $1,400
Entry Fee: $7
Application Deadline: 7/12/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize £1,000 (approximately $1,400); a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writing Centre of Wales; and publication on the Ledbury Poetry Festival website is given annually for...

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Rattle

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a poem. A Reader's Choice Award of $2,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Submit up to four...

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Crab Orchard

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Southern Illinois University Press, and a $1,500 honorarium to give a reading at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is given annually...

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Emrys Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Emrys Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive a weeklong residency at the Rensing Center near...

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Comstock Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a poem. Maggie Smith will judge. Submit a poem of up to 40 lines with a $5 entry fee by July...

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Literal Latté

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 7/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Submit up to ten poems totaling no more than 2,000 words each...

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