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

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, 2022

Danahy Fiction Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: January 31, 2022

Nonfiction Contests

Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers
Eligibility: Emerging, mid-career or established writers are all welcome to apply
Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $15
Deadline: January 15, 2022

Hurston/Wright Crossover Award
Eligibility: Unpublished Black writers
Prize: $2,000 + workshop
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: January 31, 2022

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: January 31, 2022

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, 2022

Colorado Prize for Poetry
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry Fee: $28 online; $25 by mail
Deadline: January 14, 2022

Tampa Review Prize for Poetry
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: January 31, 2022

Translation Contests

National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships
Eligibility: Translators published between 2007 and 2022
Prize: up to $25,000
Deadline: January 12, 2022

French-American Foundation Translation Prize
Eligibility: Translations published for the first time in the U.S. between January 1 and December 31, 2021
Prize: $10,000
Deadline: January 14, 2022

Multi-Genre Contests

Mississippi Review Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry Fee: $16 online; $15 by mail
Deadline: January 1, 2022

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 3, 2022

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 + free workshop
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: January 31, 2022

Iowa Review Awards
Eligibility: All writers and poets
Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: January 31, 2022

Writing Fellowships & Residencies

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 3, 2022

Yaddo
Eligibility: Any artist, except those enrolled in full time undergrad or graduate programs
Prize: 2-week to 2-month residencies
Application Fee: $35
Deadline: January 5, 2022