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 2021
Prize: $15,000
Deadline: August 15, 2021

Nonfiction Contests

Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 CAD
Entry fee: $35 CAD for Canadian entries, $40 CAD for U.S. entries, and $45 CAD elsewhere. Additional entries are $15 CAD per submission.
Deadline: August 1, 2021

Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $3,000 + publication
Deadline: August 31, 2021

Poetry Contests

Grayson Books Poetry Prize
Eligibility: All poets writing in English
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: August 15, 2021

Omnidawn Open (Poetry Book Contest)
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $3,000 + publication
Entry fee: $27
Deadline: August 16, 2021

Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize
Eligibility: Poets residing in Upstate New York with work published between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021
Prize: $2,000
Deadline: August 31, 2021

Multi-Genre Contests

1/2 K Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: August 15, 2021

Barthelme Prize for Short Prose
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: August 31, 2021

Translation Contests

Gulf Coast Prize for Translation
Eligibility: All translators
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: August 31, 2021

Writing Fellowships & Grants

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, 2021

Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships
Eligibility: Delaware residents
Prize: $3,000 - $6,000
Deadline: August 2, 2021