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 1, 2020

Nonfiction Contests

Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant
Eligibility: Creative nonfiction writers under contract with a publisher & at least two years into their contract
Prize: $40,000
Deadline: April 20, 2020

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, 2020

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 21, 2020

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 21, 2020

ALTA Travel Fellowship
Eligibility: Emerging translators
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: April 21, 2020

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: $18
Deadline: April 1, 2020

New Michigan/DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest
Eligibility: All writers (prose or poetry chapbooks are eligible)
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: April 30, 2020

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, 2020

MacDowell Colony
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: 4-month residency
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: April 15, 2020

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, 2020