Each month we curate a list of contests, fellowships, and other writing opportunities with approaching deadlines. Opportunities will be posted in the month prior to their deadlines, so that you have ample time to submit your work or applications.

Fiction Contests

C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize
Eligibility: Emerging writers (w/no published books of fiction) in thirteen Southern states.
Prize: $10,000 + book publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: April 16, 2019


Poetry Contests

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
Eligibility: Poets who have not had a full-length book of poetry published previously
Prize: $5,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: April 30, 2019


Translation Contests

Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize
Eligibility: Translators with book-length translations of Asian* poetry or source texts from Zen Buddhism in in 2018 (*translations from Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean into English)
Prize: $5,000
Deadline: April 15, 2019

Italian Prose in Translation Award (IPTA)
Eligibility: Translators with books of fiction or literary non-fiction translated from Italian into English in 2018
Prize: $5,000
Deadline: April 15, 2019

ALTA Travel Fellowship
Eligibility: Emerging translators
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: April 15, 2019

Peter K. Jansen Memorial Travel Fellowship
Eligibility: Emerging translators of color or translators working from an underrepresented diaspora or stateless language
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: April 15, 2019

Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation
Eligibility: Translators with works published between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019
Prize: £3,000
Deadline: April 23, 2019


Multi-Genre Contests

New South Writing Contest
Eligibility: Writers who have not published a book of prose or poetry
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $15
Deadline: April 15, 2019

New Michigan/DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest
Eligibility: All writers (prose or poetry chapbooks are eligible)
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: April 26, 2019


Writing Fellowships & Residencies

Marguerite and Lamar Fellowship for Writers
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $5,000 + residency in Carson McCullers’s childhood home
Deadline: April 1, 2019

MacDowell Colony
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: 4-month residency
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: April 15, 2019

Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents
Eligibility: Parents of at least one child under 10 years of age
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee: $15
Deadline: April 17, 2019

Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships
Eligibility: Poets, ages of 21-31
Prize: $25,800
Deadline: April 30, 2019


Writing Workshops & Retreats

(Please note these may be non-paying opportunities with additional fees such as tuition, room & board, etc.)

Hua Hin Retreat
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: week-long writers’ retreat in Thailand
Other fees: $975 for retreat; $330-$435 for lodging
Deadline: April 5, 2019

Tin House Summer Workshop
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: week-long intensive of workshops, seminars, panels, and readings
Application fee: $30
Other fees: $1,600 for tuition; $300 for room & board [scholarships are available; scholarship deadline: March 3, 2019 for most]
Deadline: April 7, 2019