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.

Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $100
Application Deadline: 3/8/21

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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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/8/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication in TulipTree Review is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that tells a story with female main characters who are “...

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Colorado Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 3/14/21
Genre: Fiction

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

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Bellingham Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/21

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for...

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Livingston Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Livingston Press, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first collection of short stories by a U.S. citizen. Submit a manuscript of...

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James Jones Literary Society

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $33
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
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. Two runners-up will each receive $1,000. Using only the online...

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Prairie Schooner

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
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. Kwame Dawes will judge....

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National Poetry Series

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Poetry

Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. The 2021 publishers are...

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Verse

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication by Factory Hollow Press is given annually for a poetry chapnbook. The winner will also receive a monthlong residency in summer 2022 in a private...

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Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Poetry

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

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Airlie Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
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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Washington College

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/21

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is given annually to a novelist or nonfiction writer working on a book relating to the literature, history, culture, or art...

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The Word Works

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Word Works is given annually to a U.S. or Canadian poet for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Publishing is given annually for a debut novel or story collection by a woman age 40 or older. Using only the online...

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Fourth Genre

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Xu Xi will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6...

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Yemassee

Cash Prize: $1,250
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 3/15/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,250 and publication by Yemassee is given annually for a poetry chapbook and a fiction chapbook. Dustin Pearson will judge in poetry and Mira T. Lee...

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Chautauqua Institution

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/21

A prize of $5,000 and publication in Chautauqua is given annually for a single work of fiction or nonfiction by an emerging writer. The winner will also give a lecture...

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Four Way Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Four Way Books is given annually for a poetry collection. The winner will also be invited to participate in a reading in New York City....

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Restless Books

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/21

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books is given in alternating years for a debut book of fiction or nonfiction by a first-generation immigrant. The 2021 prize...

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Arts & Letters

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/21

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Romeo Oriogun will judge in...

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Banipal Trust for Arab Literature

Cash Prize: $4,029
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $4,029) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English and published for the first time in English...

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Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/21
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center is given annually for a poetry collection. Shane McCrae will judge. Using only the online...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 3/31/21

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 longer work of fiction or...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/21
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using only...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/31/21

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given biennially for an essay collection, memoir, or book of narrative and/or research-driven nonfiction. Deborah Thompson...

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