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47 Writing Contests You Can Submit to Now (March - May 2022)

by Writing Workshops Staff

9 months ago


47 Writing Contests You Can Submit to Now (March - May 2022)

by Writing Workshops Staff

9 months ago


Find 47 excellent writing contests below with deadlines between March 2022 and May 2022. Polish your manuscript and submit it to one of these great writing contests (and, if you're looking for a class in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or screenwriting, we've got you covered):

Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $100
Application Deadline: 3/7/22

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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Persea Books

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/7/22
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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TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/8/22

A prize of $1,000 and publication in TulipTree Review is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay “written by anyone, whose main character embodies the Wild...

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Colorado Review

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/14/22
Genre: Fiction

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

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University of Notre Dame

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a debut poetry collection by a Latinx poet residing in the United States. Alexandra...

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The Word Works

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/22
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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Airlie Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/22
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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Fourth Genre

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/22

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

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Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 3/15/22
Genre: Poetry

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

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Verse

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 3/15/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Factory Hollow Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive a monthlong residency in summer 2023 in a...

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Prairie Schooner

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 3/15/22
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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James Jones Literary Society

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/15/22
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. Runners-up will each receive $1,000. Using only the online...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/22
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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National Poetry Series

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 3/15/22
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 2022 publishers are...

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Bellingham Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/15/22

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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Mad Creek Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 3/21/22

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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Sonora Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/27/22

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are given annually for a short story and an essay on a theme. The 2022 contest theme is “Rage.” Using only the...

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Banipal Trust for Arab Literature

Cash Prize: $3,965
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/22
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,965) 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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A Public Space

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/22

Three six-month fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging fiction and nonfiction writers who have not published a full-length book. The fellows will work with...

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Arts & Letters

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/22

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. Allison Joseph will judge in...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 3/31/22
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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Lascaux Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/31/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication both online and in the print edition of Lascaux Review is given annually for a single poem. Previously published and unpublished...

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Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $6
Application Deadline: 3/31/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem written in metrical verse. The winner also receives a scholarship to attend and give a reading at the Frost Farm Poetry...

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Fish Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,129
Entry Fee: $16
Application Deadline: 3/31/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,129) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to read at the...

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Narrative

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 3/31/22

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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Restless Books

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/22

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 2022 prize...

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Four Way Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/31/22
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 readings either virtually or in...

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Press 53

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 3/31/22

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Prime Number Magazine are given annually for a poem and a short story. Faith Shearin will judge in poetry and Jubal Tiner...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $8
Application Deadline: 3/31/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with an $8 entry fee by...

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Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature

Cash Prize: $20,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 3/31/22

A prize of $20,000 will be given annually to a writer “who, like Paul Engle, represents a pioneering spirit in the world of literature through writing, editing, publishing, or...

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Indiana Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 3/31/22
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Indiana Review are given annually for a poem and a story. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems...

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Elixir Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 3/31/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Candice Reffe will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages...

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North American Review 

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 4/1/22

A prize of $1,000 and publication in North American Review will be given annually for an essay. Lyric essays, memoir, personal essays, and literary journalism are...

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Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/1/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press, and 30 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Using only the online submission...

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Nimrod International Journal

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/1/22
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for a group of poems and a work of fiction. A runner-up in each...

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Saturnalia Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/1/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Saturnalia Books, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Roberto Tejada will judge. All entries will also be...

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Orison Books

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/1/22
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each and publication by Orison Books are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction. Rajiv Mohabir will judge in poetry and Tania James...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/1/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000, a two-year gift certificate for membership to the literary database Duotrope, and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a humorous...

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Just Buffalo Literary Center

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/1/22
Genre: Poetry

A fellowship, which includes a stipend of $1,500 and a monthlong residency in Buffalo will be given annually to a poet. The fellowship includes lodging at a private apartment...

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Oberon

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/10/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Oberon is given annually for a single poem. Submit up to three poems of no more than two pages each with an $18 entry fee, which...

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First Pages Prize

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/10/22

A prize of $2,000, developmental editing support, and an agent consultation will be given annually for the first five pages of a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A...

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University of Arkansas Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/15/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Arkansas Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a writer of Arab heritage. Series editors Hayan...

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Florida Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/15/22

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

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Desperate Literature

Cash Prize: $1,694
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 4/15/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of €1,500 (approximately $1,694) and a weeklong residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation’s castle in the Umbria region of Italy will be given annually for a work...

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Hidden River Arts

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/22

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Publishing is given annually for a book-length work of nonfiction. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Spoon River Poetry Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/15/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Spoon River Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner also receives a $500 honorarium and travel and lodging...

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Pen Parentis

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/17/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, a year of mentorship, and publication in Dreamers Creative Writing Magazine is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 4/18/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in OmniVerse, the online journal of Omnidawn Publishing, is given annually for a single poem. The winner also receives 50 copies of a...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $6,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/18/22

A prize of $6,000 is given annually for a book of poetry or a text from Zen Buddhism translated from an Asian language into English and published in the previous year....

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/18/22

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction translated from Italian into English and published in the previous year. Publishers or translators may...

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American Literary Translators Association

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $50
Application Deadline: 4/18/22

Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of prose translated from any language into English and published in the previous year. For the...

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Sixfold

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $5
Application Deadline: 4/23/22
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit up to...

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Whiting Foundation

Cash Prize: $40,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/25/22

Up to eight grants of $40,000 each are given annually for creative nonfiction works-in-progress to enable writers to complete their books. Creative nonfiction writers under...

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F(r)iction

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/28/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given twice yearly for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 1,000 to 7,500 words with a $15 entry fee by April 28. All...

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DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/29/22

A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or hybrid-genre work. Ander...

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Marsh Hawk Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. John Yau will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Ghost Story

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication on the Ghost Story website is given twice yearly for a short story with a supernatural or magic realism theme. The winning work will...

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Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Steve Healey will judge. Using only the...

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Ashland Poetry Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 4/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ashland Poetry Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Mark Irwin will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Oversound

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 4/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Oversound, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Sawako Nakayasu will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Poetry Foundation

Cash Prize: $25,800
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 4/30/22
Genre: Poetry

Five fellowships of $25,800 each are given annually to U.S. poets between the ages of 21 and 31. Using only the online submission system, submit 10 pages of poetry and a one-...

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Beloit Poetry Journal

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Beloit Poetry Journal is given annually for a single poem. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems...

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University of Pittsburgh Press

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a...

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Poetry International

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 4/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International is given annually for a single poem. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any...

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Trio House Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 4/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Trio House Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Ed Bok Lee will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Tupelo Press

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 4/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Tupelo Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 88 pages with a $30...

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University of Iowa Press

Cash Prize: $0
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/22
Genre: Poetry

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20...

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Winning Writers

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/22

Two prizes of $3,000 each, two-year gift certificates for membership to the literary database Duotrope, and publication on the Winning Writers website are given annually for a...

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Inlandia Institute

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 4/30/22
Genre: Poetry

Two prizes of $1,000 each, publication by the Inlandia Institute, and 20 author copies are given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. resident and a poetry collection by...

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High Desert Museum 

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/1/22

A prize of $2,500 is given annually for a work of nonfiction that “recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and the human narrative, with the desert as...

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Georgia Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 5/1/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Georgia Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to give a public reading...

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Breakwater Review

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 5/1/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a single poem. Submit three poems of any length with a $10 entry fee by May 1. All...

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University of Nebraska Press

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/1/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000, publication by University of Nebraska Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. An honorable mention prize of $1,000 and...

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Wick Poetry Center

Cash Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 5/1/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,500 and publication by Kent State University Press is given annually for a debut poetry collection. The winner is also invited to teach a weeklong writing...

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Atlanta Review

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Atlanta Review is given annually for a single poem. Using only the online submission system, submit up to five poems of any length...

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Australian Book Review

Cash Prize: $4,272
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 5/2/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of AUD $6,000 (approximately $4,272) is given annually for a story. A second-place prize of AUD $4,000 (approximately $2,848) and a third-place prize of AUD $2,500 (...

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Leapfrog Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 5/3/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, novel, or novella. Nancy Pearl will judge. Using only the online submission...

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Bristol Short Story Prize

Cash Prize: $1,322
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/4/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,322) and publication in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 15 is given annually for a short story. Tom Drake-Lee, Irenosen...

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Crook’s Corner Book Prize Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Application Deadline: 5/15/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a debut novel set in the American South. The author may live anywhere, but eligible novels must be set primarily in Alabama, Arkansas,...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $25,000
Entry Fee: $75
Application Deadline: 5/15/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $25,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a living poet published in the United States during the previous year. The winner also receives an all-expenses...

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Ploughshares

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $24
Application Deadline: 5/15/22

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Each winner also receives a...

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Carve

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $17
Application Deadline: 5/15/22
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Carve is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $17...

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Ruminate

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 5/15/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a single poem. Using only the online submission system, submit up to two poems of no more than 40...

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Academy of American Poets

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 5/15/22

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a living poet to be published in the coming calendar year. The winner also receives an all-expenses paid...

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Bauhan Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 6/30/22
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Rebecca Kaiser Gibson will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50...

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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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