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.

Literary Arts

Cash Prize: $3,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/8/20

Fellowships of $3,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. One Women...

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Stone Canoe

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/8/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $500 each and publication in Stone Canoe are given annually for works of poetry and fiction by writers who are current or past residents of upstate New...

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Los Angeles Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/14/20

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Francisco Aragón will...

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Rattle

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $15,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a single poem. A Reader’s Choice Award of $5,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Submit up to...

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Cincinnati Review

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

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Cincinnati Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Rebecca Lindenberg will judge in...

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Nowhere Magazine

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “possesses a powerful sense of place.”...

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Comstock Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 7/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review is given annually for a single poem. Patricia Smith will judge. Submit up to five poems of no more than 40 lines...

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The Story Prize

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/15/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $20,000 is given annually for a short story collection written in English and published in the United States in the current year. Two runners-up receive $5,000 each...

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Bellevue Literary Review

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

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works...

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Regal House Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/15/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Regal House Publishing will be given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 100 to 350 pages with a $25 entry...

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Ledbury Poetry Festival

Cash Prize: $1,235
Entry Fee: $6
Application Deadline: 7/16/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,235); a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writing Centre of Wales; and publication on the Ledbury Poetry Festival website is given annually...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/17/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem or group of poems. The poetry editors will judge. Using only the online submission system,...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 7/24/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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Bard College

Cash Prize: $30,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/30/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 7/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Press 53, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Tom Lombardo will judge. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 120 pages with...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a novella. Donna Hemans will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 15,...

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Munster Literature Centre

Cash Prize: $2,180
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,180) and publication in Southword is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Anam Cara...

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F(r)iction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 7/31/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given three times a year for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 1,000 to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by July 31...

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Journal of Experimental Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction and JEF Books is given annually for an innovative novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $...

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New Millennium Writings

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 7/31/20

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal’s website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story...

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Prairie Heritage, Inc.

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 7/31/20

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction published in the previous year that “illuminates the heritage of North America’s mid-...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 7/31/20

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative...

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Howling Bird Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 7/31/20

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Howling Bird Press is given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The 2021 prize will be awarded in...

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PEN America

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/1/20

A grant of $10,000 will be given annually for a nonfiction work-in-progress that “uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement.” Using only the...

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Aspen Words

Cash Prize: $35,000
Entry Fee: $60
Application Deadline: 8/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $35,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published in the current year that “illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power...

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