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

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, 2021

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, 2021

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 8, 2021

Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award
Eligibility: Early-career, creative nonfiction writers
Prize: $12,500
Deadline: February 16, 2021

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, 2021

Molly National Journalism Prize
Eligibility: Journalists with a piece published in a U.S. based pub in 2020
Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $50
Deadline: February 28, 2021

Poetry Contests

Michael Waters Poetry Prize
Eligibility: All poets, except affiliates
Prize: $3,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press
Entry Fee: $35
Deadline: February 1, 2021

Omnidawn First/Second Book Poetry Contest
Eligibility: Writers who have never published a full-length book of poetry or have only published one full-length book of poetry
Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Deadline: February 16, 2021

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, 2021

Translation Contests

Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship
Eligibility: Translators with an English translation of Italian poetry published in the U.S.
Prize: $25,000
Deadline: February 15, 2021

Harold Morton Landon Translation Award
Eligibility: Translators with a poetry collection translated from any language into English and published in 2020
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: February 15, 2021

Ambroggio Prize
Eligibility: Translators with a book-length poetry manuscript originally written in Spanish and with an English translation
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Deadline: February 15, 2021

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 12, 2021

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, 2021

Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing
Eligibility: Writers working on their first books of fiction or nonfiction
Prize: $42,745 + travel + health insurance
Deadline: February 15, 2021

Sustainable Arts Foundation Award
Eligibility: Writers with at least one child under the age of 18.
Prize: $5,000
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: February 26, 2021 (application available on February 1, 2021)