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.

Lake Forest College

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at...

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Tusculum Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/1/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tusculum Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Manuscripts with one or two authors are eligible. Emilia Phillips will...

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PEN Northwest

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

A seven-month residency from April to October, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer to live and...

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Mad Creek Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/18

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Mad Creek Books, the trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a collection of short prose. Michelle Herman will...

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Furious Flower Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/3/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Obsidian, the literary journal of Illinois State University, is given annually for a group of poems. African-American poets who...

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Persea Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/7/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published at least one book of poetry. The winner also...

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Colorado Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/14/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Margot Livesey will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $15 entry fee...

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Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an unpublished poem. Richard Blanco will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March...

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Sarabande Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $29
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a...

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Prairie Schooner

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. An editorial board will...

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The Writer's Center

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Authors, publishers, and agents may submit three copies of a novel...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Sowilo Press is given annually for a novel or story collection by a woman writer over the age of 40. Using the online submission system,...

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James Jones Literary Society

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/15/18
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work will be published in ...

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