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

Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: March 1, 2019

Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: March 1, 2019

Nelligan Prize
Eligibility: Short story writers
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry fee: $15; $17 online
Deadline: March 14, 2019 (postmarked); March 19, 2019 (online)

Arts & Letters Fiction Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: March 31, 2019

Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing
Eligibility: First-generation American author with a nonfiction debut
Prize: $10,000 and publication by Restless Books
Deadline: March 31, 2019


Nonfiction Contests

Hazel Rowley Prize
Eligibility: 1st time biographers
Prize: $2,000 + a year’s membership in BIO
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: March 1, 2019

Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: March 1, 2019

Susan Atefat Prize in Creative Nonfiction
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: March 31, 2019


Poetry Contests

Ruth Stone Poetry Prize
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: March 1, 2019

Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award
Eligibility: Poets who have previously published at least one full-length book of poems and are citizens or residents of the U.S.
Prize: $1,000 + publication + additional $1,000 for marketing/promotion
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: March 7, 2019

Rumi Prize in Poetry
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: March 31, 2019


Multi-Genre Contests

Sonora Review Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee: $15
Deadline: March 15, 2019

Mary Lynn Kotz Award
Eligibility: Authors of books of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry published in 2018 whose main focus/topic is the visual arts
Prize: Recognition at Virginia Literary Awards Gala
Deadline: March 15, 2019

Prairie Schooner Book Prize
Eligibility: Poets and fiction writers
Prize: $3,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: March 15, 2019


Writing Fellowships & Residencies

U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Exchange Fellowships
Eligibility: Writers (and other artists) who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
Prize: 3-5 month residency + funding
Deadline: March 1, 2019

National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships
Eligibility: Fiction and nonfiction writers with published work (see eligibility details)
Prize: $25,000
Deadline: March 6, 2019

Cave Canem Residency at the Rose O’Neill Literary House
Eligibility: African-American poets
Prize: $1,000 + one-month residency
Deadline: March 15, 2019

Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellowship
Eligibility: Academics, independent scholars and writers working on projects relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830
Prize: $20,000
Deadline: March 15, 2019

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship
Eligibility: Minnesota poetry and prose writers over the age of 18
Prize: $7,000
Deadline: March 29, 2019

American Prospect Writing Fellowship
Eligibility: Journalists at the beginning of their careers
Prize: $38,000/year for two years
Deadline: March 30, 2019

Hugo House Writer in Residence
Eligibility: Published writers of poetry
Prize: $500 monthly stipend for 9 months
Deadline: March 31, 2019


Writing Workshops & Retreats

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

Clarion West Writers Workshop
Eligibility: Short story writers 21+ yrs
Prize: 6-week summer workshop
Application fee: $35 until February 10; $60 after
Other fees: $4,200 tuition
Deadline: March 1, 2019

Jack Jones Retreat
Eligibility: Professional and emerging women writers of color
Prize: Two-week retreat at Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center
Application fee: $40
Other fees: fellowships are available
Deadline: March 31, 2019


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