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.

If you would like a contest, grant, fellowship, residency, or workshop to be added to our next Submissions post, please contact us. Include a link to your submission guidelines and the information we include in all our listings: deadline, entry fee, and prize.

Fiction Contests

AWP Prize for the Novel
Eligibility: All authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence
Prize: $2,500 + publication by the New Issues Press
Entry Fee: $30 (nonmembers); $20 (members)
Deadline: February 28, 2019

Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction
Eligibility: All authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence
Prize: $5,500 + publication by University of Massachusetts Press
Entry Fee: $30 (nonmembers); $20 (members)
Deadline: February 28, 2019


Nonfiction Contests

Fund for Investigative Journalism Grant
Eligibility: Journalists with a letter of commitment from a publication for a specific story
Prize: up to $10,000
Deadline: February 4, 2019

Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award
Eligibility: Early-career, creative nonfiction writers
Prize: $12,500
Deadline: February 19, 2019

AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction
Eligibility: All authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence
Prize: $2,500 + publication by the University of Georgia Press.
Entry Fee: $30 (nonmembers); $20 (members)
Deadline: February 28, 2019

Molly National Journalism Prize
Eligibility: Journalists with a piece published in a U.S. based pub in 2018
Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $50
Deadline: February 28, 2019


Poetry Contests

Michael Waters Poetry Prize
Eligibility: All poets, except affiliates
Prize: $4,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press
Entry Fee: $35
Deadline: February 1, 2019

Donald Hall Prize for Poetry
Eligibility: All authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence
Prize: $5,500 + publication by University of Pittsburgh Press
Entry Fee: $30 (nonmembers); $20 (members)
Deadline: February 28, 2019


Translation Contests

Raiziss/de Palchi Book Prize
Eligibility: Translators with an English translation of Italian poetry published in the U.S.
Prize: $10,000 + 5 week residency at the American Academy in Rome
Deadline: February 15, 2019


Multi-Genre Contests

Writers' Union of Canada Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers
Eligibility: Canadian citizens & permanent residents with no more than 1 book published
Prize: $2,500
Entry fee: $29
Deadline: February 15, 2019


Writing Fellowships & Residencies

Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing
Eligibility: Writers working on a first or second book of fiction or creative nonfiction
Prize: 4-month residency at Bucknell's “Poets’ Cottage” and a stipend of $5,000.
Deadline: February 1, 2019

Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing
Eligibility: Writers working on their first books
Prize: $40,500 + travel and health insurance
Deadline: February 1, 2019

Dora Maar Fellowship
Eligibility: Midcareer professionals in the arts and humanities
Prize: 1-3 month residency
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: February 15, 2019

Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship
Eligibility: US/Canadian/Australian citizens accepted to or currently enrolled in an accredited college, university, or graduate program within the United States, Canada or Australia
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: February 21, 2019


Writers Workshops & Retreats

(Please note these may be non-paying opportunities with additional fees such as tuition, room & board, etc.)

Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices
Eligibility: Writers in the LGBTQ community
Prize: a one-week intensive workshop immersion in fiction, genre fiction, nonfiction, playwriting or poetry
Application fee: $25
Other fees: $1,650; scholarships are available
Deadline: February 1, 2019