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.

Reed Magazine

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $...

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Alice James Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet residing in the United States. The winner will also receive a $1,000...

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Briar Cliff Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/17

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...

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
Genre: Fiction

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

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Sow's Ear Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 11/1/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sow's Ear Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda will judge. Submit up to five poems with a $30 entry...

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Nightboat Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Nightboat Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Kazim Ali and Stephen Motika will judge. Using the online submission system,...

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Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine is given annually for a group of poems. The winner also receives an all-access pass to the...

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Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/15/17

A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the...

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Yale University Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry

An award of publication by Yale University Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an early-career poet who has not published a full-length book of poetry. Carl...

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Perugia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a woman. Submit a manuscript of 45 to 85 pages with a $27 entry...

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Washington Writers Publishing House

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by Washington Writers Publishing House, and 50 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or...

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Mid-American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mid-American Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems for the James Wright Poetry...

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Measure Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $3
Application Deadline: 11/15/17
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry is given annually for a sonnet. Dana Gioia will judge. Submit a sonnet with a $3 entry fee by...

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Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center

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

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Winners and finalists will be invited to read at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California, in April 2018. Matthew Zapruder will...

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