Are you a talented writer with a great poetry book or short story to share?
Check out these cool writing contests we have found which give out cash prizes.

Good luck! We hope you win these writing contests!

1. Barrow Street Press – Poetry Book Contest

Judged by Patricia Spears Jones, the Book Prize is awarded annually by the Barrow Street Press. Simply submit in-print or online a 50 to 80-page manuscript of original poetry.

Entry Fee: $25 in-print, $28 electronically
Prize: $1,500
Deadline: June 30, 2017

Click here to view more submission guidelines and to submit your poems!

2. Engine Books – Short Fiction Story Contest

Engine Books is looking for its annual prize winner for their Fiction Prize. Submission guidelines state to submit a short story collection, a novella collection, or a novel, along with a cover letter. Maya Lang will judge and all submissions will be considered for publication.

Entry Fee: $30 (online only)
Prize: $2000 and publication by Engine Books
Deadline: June 30, 2017

Click here to submit!

3. Narrative Magazine – Spring Short Story Contest

Join this writing contest by Narrative magazine for a chance to win $2,500 (for first place winners) and $1,000 for second place winners. Narrative is looking for short stories, essays, and excerpts of up to 15,000 words.

Entry Fee: $25 (online only)
Prize: $2,500
Deadline: July 31, 2017

Click here to submit!

4. phren-Z – Morton Marcus Poetry Contest

In conjunction with Santa Cruz Writes, phren-Z is looking for its annual poem contest winner. Not only will the winner win $1000 cash prize, but they will also to give a reading at the seventh annual Morton Marcus Poetry Reading at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. See the website for complete submission guideline.

Entry Fee: $15 (online only)
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: September 1, 2017

Click here to submit!

5. Radar Poetry, Coniston Prize for Female Poets

Designed for women, the Coniston Prize from Radar Poetry focuses on groups of three to six poems written by women. Dorothea Lasky will judge and all submissions will be considered for publication.

Entry Fee: $15 (online only)
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: September 1, 2017

Click here to submit!

Do you know of a writing contest with cash prizes which we haven’t listed here? Comment below!

Selina R. Dukes

Book Critic & Editorial Assistant at NY Literary Magazine
Selina is a senior studying Public and Professional Writing and Management at Auburn University. She is set to graduate in December 2017.
Selina enjoys reading international literature and exploring community literacy, both real and virtual. She is an avid blogger and promotes the expression of social commentary.