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, 2022

Nonfiction Contests

PEN America Free Expression Essay Competition
Eligibility: high school and college students
Prize: $4,000 for college essayists; $3,000 for high school essayists
Deadline: April 15, 2022

Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant
Eligibility: Creative nonfiction writers under contract with a traditional publisher in the UK, US, or Canada
Prize: $40,000
Deadline: April 25, 2022

Poetry Contests

Orison Poetry Prize
Eligibility: All poets except those already published by Orison Books
Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: April 1, 2022

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, 2022

Translation Contests

Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize
Eligibility: Translators with book-length translations Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Sanskrit, Tamil, Thai, or Vietnamese into English poetry or source texts from Zen Buddhism in 2021
Prize: $6,000
Deadline: April 18, 2022

Italian Prose in Translation Award (IPTA)
Eligibility: Translators with books of fiction or literary non-fiction translated from Italian into English in 2021
Prize: $5,000
Deadline: April 18, 2022

ALTA Travel Fellowship
Eligibility: Emerging translators
Prize: $500-$1,000 to assist in travel to the annual ALTA conference
Deadline: April 18, 2022

Multi-Genre Contests

New Michigan/DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest
Eligibility: All writers (prose or poetry chapbooks are eligible)
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $24
Deadline: April 29, 2022

Writing Fellowships & Residencies

American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship
Eligibility: Writers working on a book project, fiction or non-fiction, that contributes to cross-cultural discourse.
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, 2022

Marguerite and Lamar Fellowship for Writers
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $5,000 + residency in Carson McCullers’s childhood home
Deadline: April 1, 2022

Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents
Eligibility: Parents of at least one child under 10 years of age
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: April 17, 2022