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.

Mississippi Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/1/22

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Current or former University of Southern...

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North Carolina Writers’ Network

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/2/22

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or an essay “that seeks to convey the rich and varied existence of Black North Carolinians.” The winning entry will be...

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San José State University

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/3/22

Yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $15,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and creative...

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Leon Levy Center for Biography

Cash Prize: $72,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/4/22

Four fellowships of $72,000, writing space at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, access to research facilities, and research assistance from a graduate student is given...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 1/4/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with an $8...

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National Endowment for the Arts

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/12/22

Grants of up to $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in collaboration, at...

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French-American Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 1/14/22

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published...

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Colorado Review

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 1/14/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Gillian Conoley will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100...

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Ellen Meloy Fund

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 1/15/22

A prize of $5,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer “whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Ellen Meloy’s writing” to...

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Poetry Society of Virginia

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 1/15/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a book of poetry published during the previous year. The winner will be invited to read at the spring festival of Poetry Society of...

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Asheville Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 1/15/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Malaprop's Bookstore...

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Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 2/15/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication on the competition website is given annually for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed...

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Fordham University at Lincoln Center 

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 10/15/22
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Fordham University Press are given annually for poetry collections. The winners also receive a publicity consultation and headline...

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