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

C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize
Eligibility: Emerging writers w/no more than 1 published book of fiction in thirteen Southern states.
Prize: $10,000 + book publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: December 31, 2021

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 9, 2021

J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize
Eligibility: Writers with a nonfiction book published in 2021 on a topic of American political or social concern
Prize: $10,000
Entry fee: $75
Deadline: December 9, 2021

Mark Lynton History Prize
Eligibility: Writers with a book-length work of history published in 2021
Prize: $10,000
Entry fee: $75
Deadline: December 9, 2021

Poetry Contests

Alice Fay Di Castagnola
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee: $15
Deadline: December 31, 2021

Robert H. Winner Memorial Award
Eligibility: Poets 40+ years old who have published no more than one full-length collection of poetry.
Prize: $2,500
Entry fee: $15
Deadline: December 31, 2021

Dorset Prize
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $3,000 + residency
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: December 31, 2021

Multi-Genre Contests

Chautauqua Prize
Eligibility: Writers (fiction & some nonfiction) with a book first published in the U.S., in English, in 2021
Prize: $7,500
Entry fee: $75
Deadline: December 15, 2021

Writing Fellowships & Residencies

Writing as Activism Fellowship
Eligibility: NYC-based activist-writers
Prize: $2,000 + 6 month workshop experience
Deadline: December 3, 2021