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: 2/29/20

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500...

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Mississippi Arts Commission

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/20

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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Airlie Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/20
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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University of Wisconsin

Cash Prize: $38,000
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 3/1/20
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of at least $38,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to at least five writers working on a...

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Selected Shorts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/20
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 will be...

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Broadside Lotus Press

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript of 60 to 90...

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Alabama State Council on the Arts

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/1/20

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 at least two years. Submit...

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Hunger Mountain

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

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Hunger Mountain website are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems or a...

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Mad Creek Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/1/20

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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Persea Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/7/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 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. Using only the online...

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Colorado Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 3/14/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Lori Ostlund will judge. Submit a story between 2,500 and 12,500 words with a $...

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Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 3/14/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem. Marie Howe will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March 14. Visit...

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Prairie Schooner

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/20
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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James Jones Literary Society

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $33
Application Deadline: 3/15/20
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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42 Miles Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by 42 Miles Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Indiana University in South...

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Hidden River Arts

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Sowilo Press is given annually for a first book of fiction by a woman writer over the age of 40. Using only the online submission system,...

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Mudfish

Cash Prize: $1,200
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,200 and publication in Mudfish is given annually for a single poem. Erica Jong will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee ($3...

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Willie Morris Awards

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel published during the previous year that is set in the South and reflects Willie Morris’s “hope for belonging, for belief in a...

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Willie Morris Awards

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/3/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 is given annually for a single poem that evokes the American South. Susan Kinsolving will judge. Submit one poem of up to three pages by April 3. There is no...

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