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.

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Cash Prize: $5,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 2/28/24

Three prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a novel. A prize of $2,500 and...

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Austin Community College

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/24
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. English translations of works originally written...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/24
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Tupelo Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 2/28/24

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a writer who identifies as a woman. Laila Halaby will judge. Using...

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/28/24
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a poetry e-book and a fiction e-book self-published during the previous year by an African American writer. The awards honor...

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Graywolf Press

Cash Prize: $22,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/28/24

A prize of $22,000 (comprised of a $20,000 advance and a $2,000 research stipend) and publication by Graywolf Press will be given biennially for a nonfiction manuscript-in-...

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Little Tokyo Historical Society

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 2/29/24
Genre: Fiction

Two prizes of $500 each and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei and Little Tokyo Historical Society websites are given annually for short stories that...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 2/29/24
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Desirée Alvarez will judge. Using only...

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University of Washington

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/24

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Deep Vellum will be given annually for a work of Persian literature in translation. This year the prize will be awarded for poetry in...

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Alabama State Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/24

At least two fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for a minimum of...

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University of Wisconsin

Cash Prize: $40,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 3/1/24
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of at least $40,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to five writers working on a...

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Airlie Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/24
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Airlie Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Mississippi Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/24

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in...

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Kansas City Public Library

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/24
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given in alternating years for a poetry collection or a book of fiction by an author whose work “demonstrates a commitment to social justice in America...

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Poets & Writers, Inc.

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/24
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $500 each are given annually to a poet and a fiction writer residing in the United States. Each winner also receives a monthlong residency at the Jentel Artist...

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Biographers International Organization

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/24

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a work-in-progress by a writer who has not published a biography, history, or other book-length work of narrative nonfiction. The winner...

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Selected Shorts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/24
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City’s Gotham Writers Workshop is given annually for a short story. The winning work is published on...

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Persea Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/7/24
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who is a U.S. citizen or resides in the U.S. and who has published at...

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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/8/24

A prize of $1,000 and publication in TulipTree Review is given annually for a single poem, a short story, or an essay “whose main characters embody the wild woman spirit...

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Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $100
Application Deadline: 3/11/24

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that “foster peace,...

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National Endowment for the Arts

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/13/24

Approximately 35 grants of $25,000 each are given annually in alternating years to poets and prose writers to “enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research,...

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Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 3/15/24
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem. Sun Yung Shin will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March 15....

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Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/24
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet living in the United States. Oliver de la Paz will...

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Fourth Genre

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/24

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre...

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Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/24
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a poet living in the United States....

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