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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

New Visions Award (Middle Grade & YA)
Eligibility: Unpublished writers, who identify as POC or native
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Deadline: August 1, 2022

Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
Eligibility: Rising African-American authors w/novels or short story collections published between Oct 1, 2021 through Dec 31, 2022.
Prize: $15,000
Deadline: August 15, 2022

Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + possible publication
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: August 15, 2022

Nonfiction Contests

Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,250 CAD
Entry fee: $35 CAD for Canadian entries, $45 CAD for everywhere else. Additional entries are $15 CAD per submission.
Deadline: August 1, 2022

Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $3,000 + publication
Deadline: August 31, 2022

Poetry Contests

Grayson Books Poetry Prize
Eligibility: All poets writing in English
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $26
Deadline: August 15, 2022

Omnidawn Open (Poetry Book Contest)
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $3,000 + publication
Entry fee: $27
Deadline: August 31, 2022

Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize
Eligibility: Poets residing in Upstate New York with work published between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022
Prize: $2,000
Deadline: August 31, 2022

Multi-Genre Contests

New Voices Award (Picture Books)
Eligibility: Unpublished writers, who ID as POC or native
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Deadline: August 1, 2022

1/2 K Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: August 15, 2022

Writing Fellowships & Grants

Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant
Eligibility: Women, trans* and/or gender nonconforming artists living in the Greater Philadelphia area
Prize: up to $2,500
Deadline: August 1, 2022

Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships
Eligibility: Delaware residents
Prize: $3,000 - $6,000
Deadline: August 1, 2022