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.

American Library Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a novel published in the previous year that is set in a period when the United States was at war. Publishers or authors may submit seven...

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Pushcart Press

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/20

Publication in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction published by literary magazines...

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Slipstream Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Slipstream Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 40 pages...

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit...

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Meadowlark Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Meadowlark Books, and 50 author copies will be given annually for a poetry book. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript...

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Five Points

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Five Points is given annually for a group of poems. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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Langum Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of historical fiction published during the previous year. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of a book (or galleys)...

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African Poetry Book Fund

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection by a poet who was born in Africa, is an African national or...

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Waywiser Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $29
Application Deadline: 12/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by the Waywiser Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous collection. The winner...

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December

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in december is given annually for a single poem. Carl Phillips will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry...

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Ohio University Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Ohio University Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 60 to 95 pages with a $30 entry fee by December 1....

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Brunel University London

Cash Prize: $3,668
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/2/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,668) is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who was born in Africa, is a national of an African country, or whose parents are...

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Friends of American Writers 

Cash Prize: $4,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/10/20

A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who...

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Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival

Cash Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/10/20

A prize of $500 and publication on the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival website is given annually for a work of nonfiction that is set in Brooklyn, New York, and renders the...

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Writer’s Digest

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/14/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and travel and lodging expenses for a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City is given annually for a short short story. A second-place prize...

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Center for Book Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/15/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive an additional $500 to give a...

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Bauhan Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/15/20

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 50 author copies is given annually for an essay collection. Steven Harvey will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50,000 to...

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/30/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of at least $3,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and two additional guest panelists (usually the winner’s agent and...

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Codhill Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 12/30/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. James Sherwood will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70...

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Before Columbus Foundation

Cash Prize:
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/20

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year to recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s...

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Poetry Society of America

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 12/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication on the Poetry Society of America website is given annually to a poet over 40 who has published no more than one book. Heid E. Erdrich will...

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Boulevard

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 12/31/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a nationally distributed book. The editors will...

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Burnside Review Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 12/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Burnside Review Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Jennifer Chang will judge. Using only the online...

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Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Cash Prize: $49,296
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 12/31/20
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $65,000 CAD (approximately $49,296) each are given annually for poetry collections published during the previous year by a Canadian poet or translator and by an...

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LitMag

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 12/31/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500 and publication in LitMag is given annually for a short story. The winner will have their work reviewed by agents from Bankoff Collaborative, the...

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