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.

Finishing Line Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 10/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 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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University of North Texas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/20
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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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 10/31/20
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 2021 prize will be...

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Conduit Books & Ephemera

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, 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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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/20
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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American Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 10/31/20
Genre: Poetry

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

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PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 10/31/20
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: 10/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Red Hen Press, and a four-week residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a poetry collection. Jeffrey Harrison will...

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Poetry Society of the United Kingdom

Cash Prize: $6,350
Entry Fee: $9
Application Deadline: 10/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $6,350) 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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Red Hen Press

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or an essay collection by a queer writer. Amber Flame will judge....

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Persea Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a first poetry collection by a woman who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The winner also...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/20
Genre: Poetry

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

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Comstock Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 10/31/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by the Comstock Writers Group, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Michael McAnaney will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

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Tucson Festival of Books

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

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 at the...

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River Teeth

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 10/31/20

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

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Nina Riggs Poetry Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of at least $1,000 will be given annually for a single poem that examines relationships, family, or domestic life that was published in a book or magazine in the last...

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Briar Cliff Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/20

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three poems...

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $15,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/20
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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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,333
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/20

A prize of $1,333 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for an essay. Using only the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $...

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Malahat Review

Cash Prize: $1,490
Entry Fee: $40
Application Deadline: 11/1/20

Three prizes of CAD $2,000 (approximately $1,490) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay....

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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Using only the online submission system, submit up to five poems with...

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Reed Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 11/1/20
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with...

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Gotham Book Prize

Cash Prize: $50,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 11/1/20

A prize of $50,000 will be given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction about New York City or that takes place in New York City published in the current year....

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North American Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 11/1/20
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in North American Review is given annually for a single poem. Maggie Smith will judge. Submit up to five poems with a $23 entry fee,...

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Fiction Collective Two

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 11/1/20
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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