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

W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction
Eligibility: Writers with a book published in the year prior to the award
Prize: $5,000
Deadline: December 1, 2018

F(r)iction Short Story Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee: $15
Deadline: December 15, 2018

Danahy Fiction Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: December 31, 2018


Nonfiction Contests

J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award
Eligibility: Writers with a contract with a U.S.-based publisher to write a nonfiction book
Prize: $25,000
Deadline: December 10, 2018

J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize
Eligibility: Writers with a nonfiction book published in 2018 on a topic of American political or social concern
Prize: $10,000
Entry fee: $75
Deadline: December 10, 2018

Mark Lynton History Prize
Eligibility: Writers with a book-length work of history published in 2018
Prize: $10,000
Entry fee: $75
Deadline: December 10, 2018


Poetry Contests

Center for Book Arts Poetry Chapbook Contest
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: December 15, 2018

Robert H. Winner Memorial Award
Eligibility: Mid-career poets
Prize: $2,500
Entry fee: $15
Deadline: December 22, 2018

Dorset Prize
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $3,000 + residency
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: December 31, 2018

Tampa Review Prize for Poetry
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: December 31, 2018


Multi-Genre Contests

Chautauqua Prize
Eligibility: Writers (fiction & creative nonfiction) with a book first published in 2018
Prize: $7,500
Entry fee: $75
Deadline: December 15, 2018


Writing Fellowships & Residencies

Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Fellowship
Eligibility: Writers and poets who have not published a full-length book of creative work
Prize: 7-month residency + monthly stipend of $750
Entry fee: $50
Deadline: December 2, 2018