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 Foundation

Cash Prize: $25,800
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/18
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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Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/18
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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Finishing Line Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 4/30/18
Genre: 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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Christopher G. Moore Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,340
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/18

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,340) will be given in alternating years for a book of fiction or nonfiction published in the previous year that "contributes to the...

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Wick Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/18
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 graduate/...

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Talking Gourds

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $9
Application Deadline: 5/1/18
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. Joan Logghe...

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Pleiades Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/18
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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Southwest Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/18
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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Whiting Foundation

Cash Prize: $40,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/1/18

Up to six 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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Moon City Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 5/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Moon City Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $25...

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Sow's Ear Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/1/18
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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Leapfrog Press

Cash Prize: $1,150
Entry Fee: $33
Application Deadline: 5/1/18
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. Marie-Helene Bertino and the Leapfrog editors will...

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Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society

Cash Prize: $7,500
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 5/1/18

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a novel. A prize of $2,000 is given for a book of nonfiction; three prizes of $1,500 each are given for a short story, a novella, and a...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/18

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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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $22
Application Deadline: 5/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Publishing will be given annually for a book-length work of speculative fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Del Sol Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500, publication by Del Sol Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first novel. Robert Olen Butler will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/18

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: 5/15/18
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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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 5/15/18
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. Copies of the winning book are purchased...

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Carve Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/15/18
Genre: Fiction

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

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Crook's Corner Book Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 5/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a debut novel set in the American South. The winner will also be entitled to a complimentary glass of wine every day for a year at Crook...

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Georgia Review

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Georgia Review is given annually for a poem. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than ten pages with a $15 entry fee (there...

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