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

Orison Fiction Prize
Eligibility: All fiction writers except those already published by Orison Books
Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: April 1, 2021

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 26, 2021

Poetry Contests

Orison Poetry Prize
Eligibility: All poets except those already published by Orison Books
Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: April 1, 2021

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, 2021

Translation Contests

Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize
Eligibility: Translators with book-length translations of Asian* poetry or source texts from Zen Buddhism in in 2020 (*translations from Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean into English)
Prize: $5,000
Deadline: April 19, 2021

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 19, 2021

ALTA Travel Fellowship
Eligibility: Emerging translators
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: April 19, 2021

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, 2021

New Michigan/DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest
Eligibility: All writers (prose or poetry chapbooks are eligible)
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: April 30, 2021

Writing Fellowships & Residencies

American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $5,000 + opportunity to pursue a creative project in Paris for a month while participating in the life of the American Library
Entry Fee: €30
Deadline: April 1, 2021

Marguerite and Lamar Fellowship for Writers
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $5,000 + residency in Carson McCullers’s childhood home
Deadline: April 1, 2021

MacDowell Colony
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: 4-month residency
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: April 15, 2021

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, 2021