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 2020
Prize: $15,000
Deadline: August 31, 2020

New Visions Award (Middle Grade & YA)
Eligibility: Unpublished writers, who identify as POC or native
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Deadline: August 31, 2020

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, 2020

Iowa Prize in Literary Nonfiction
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: publication by University of Iowa Press
Entry fee: $10
Deadline: August 30, 2020

Poetry Contests

Grayson Books Poetry Prize
Eligibility: All poets writing in English
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: August 15, 2020

Omnidawn Open (Poetry Book Contest)
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $3,000
Entry fee: $27
Deadline: August 17, 2020

Multi-Genre Contests

1/2 K Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: August 15, 2020

New Voices Award (Picture Books)
Eligibility: Unpublished writers, who ID as POC or native
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Deadline: August 31, 2020

Writing Fellowships & Grants

Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships
Eligibility: Delaware residents
Prize: $3,000 - $6,000
Deadline: August 3, 2020

Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant
Eligibility: Women and trans* artists living in the Greater Philadelphia area
Prize: up to $2,500
Deadline: August 1, 2020