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

Glimmer Train Family Matters Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Deadline: January 2, 2019

K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10 for 1 story; $15 for 2 stories
Deadline: January 15, 2019

Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + possible publication
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: January 21, 2019

The Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers
Eligibility: Emerging writers only
Prize: $3,000 + publication + agency review
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: January 31, 2019


Nonfiction Contests

Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers
Eligibility: Emerging, mid-career or established writers are all welcome to apply
Prize: $5,000
Deadline: January 15, 2019


Poetry Contests

92Y Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest
Eligibility: Poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection
Prize: $500 + publication + reading + 2 night residency
Entry Fee: $15
Deadline: January 11, 2019

Colorado Prize for Poetry
Eligibility: All poets (except affiliates)
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry Fee: $28 online; $25 by mail
Deadline: January 14, 2019


Translation Contests

French-American Foundation Translation Prize
Eligibility: Translations published for the first time in the U.S. between January 1 and December 31, 2018
Prize: $10,000
Deadline: January 14, 2019


Multi-Genre Contests

Mississippi Review Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry Fee: $16 online
Deadline: January 1, 2019

Society of Midland Authors Literary Awards
Eligibility: Authors born in, residing in, or with strong ties to one of the 12 Midland states
Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: January 5, 2019

Texas Institute of Letters Literary Awards
Eligibility: Authors must be born in Texas or have lived in Texas for at least five consecutive years
Prize: $1,000 – $6,000
Entry Fee: $20 for book awards; $10 for short fiction or short nonfiction awards
Deadline: January 15, 2019

Iowa Review Awards
Eligibility: All writers and poets
Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: January 31, 2019

Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers
Eligibility: Black writers who are full-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs in U.S.
Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: January 31, 2019


Writing Fellowships & Residencies

Yaddo
Eligibility: Any artist, except those enrolled in full time undergrad or graduate programs
Prize: 2-week to 2-month residencies
Application Fee: $30
Deadline: January 1, 2019

Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing
Eligibility: New writers of any age and background
Prize: $15,000. Residency in the San José area is expected during the academic year.
Deadline: January 2, 2019

Dartmouth Poet in Residence
Eligibility: Poets with at least one full-length collection of poetry
Prize: $2,000 + 6 – 8 week residency at the Frost Place
Entry Fee: $28
Deadline: January 5, 2019

University of Pittsburgh Fellowship in Creative Writing at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics
Eligibility: African American and African diasporic poets. Residency in the Pittsburgh area is expected during the academic year
Prize: $48,000 per year + health benefits
Deadline: January 31, 2019


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