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

Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
Eligibility: Rising African-American authors w/novels or short story collections published in 2017
Prize: $10,000
Deadline: August 15, 2018

Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $2,000
Entry fee: $16
Deadline: August 31, 2018

Red Hen Press Fiction Award
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: August 31, 2018


Nonfiction Contests

Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 CAD
Entry fee: $35 CAD for Canadian entries, $40 USD for U.S. entries, and $45 USD elsewhere. Additional entries are $15 CAD per submission.
Deadline: August 1, 2018


Poetry Contests

Grayson Books Poetry Prize
Eligibility: All poets writing in English
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: August 15, 2018


Multi-Genre Contests

1/2 K Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: August 15, 2018


Writing Fellowships & Grants

Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships
Eligibility: Delaware residents
Prize: $3,000 - $6,000
Deadline: August 1, 2018

PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship
Eligibility: Unpublished writers (see website for more details)
Prize: $1,000 + mentorship + classes
Deadline: August 1, 2018

Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant
Eligibility: Women and trans* artists living in the Delaware Valley area
Prize: up to $2,500
Deadline: August 1, 2018

Sustainable Arts Foundation Award
Eligibility: Writers with at least one child under the age of 18.
Prize: $5,000
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: August 31, 2018


Writing Residencies

Yaddo
Eligibility: All writers not enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs
Prize: 2 – 8 week residency
Entry fee: $35
Deadline: August 1, 2018