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.

TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/17/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication in TulipTree Review is given annually for a poem, story, or essay. The theme for this fall’s contest is “disruption.” Submit a poem of...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 10/18/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction. Theodora Ziolkowski will judge. Submit a...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 10/24/21
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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F(r)iction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/29/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given twice a year for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 1,001 to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by October 29....

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 10/30/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novel by a queer writer. Kazim Ali will judge. Using only the online...

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Rotary Club of Stratford

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 will be given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 2,500 words by October 31. There is no entry fee....

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Finishing Line Press

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 16 to 36 pages with a $15 entry fee by October 31. All...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Esther Lee will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $30 entry...

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Cloudbank Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Cloudbank Books is given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or a combination of the two. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 90...

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Conduit Books & Ephemera

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Conduit Books & Ephemera, and 30 author copies is given annually for a book of poetry. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48...

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Saturnalia Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Saturnalia Books will be given annually for a translation of a poetry collection. Translators who identify as female (including those who...

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American Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by American Poetry Review is given annually for a first poetry collection. The winning book will be distributed by Copper Canyon Press...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Indiana University Press is given in alternating years for a collection of poetry or a collection of short fiction. The 2022 prize will be...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
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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Tucson Festival of Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/21

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winners will also receive scholarships to attend a workshop on the...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press is given annually for an essay collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of any length, a...

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University of North Texas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of...

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Poetry Society of the United Kingdom

Cash Prize: $7,075
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $7,075) and publication on the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom website is given annually for a single poem. A second-place prize of £2,000...

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PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the current year. Four finalists will each receive $5,000. The winner and finalists will also be...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Major Jackson will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Persea Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a first poetry collection by a writer who identifies as a woman and who is currently living in the...

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River Teeth

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 10/31/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Rigoberto González will judge. Using only the online...

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a novel, short story collection, novella, or novella collection. U.S. writers who have not...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 11/1/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet...

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a novel, short story collection, novella, or...

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