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, 2021

Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: March 1, 2021

Nelligan Prize
Eligibility: Short story writers
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry fee: $15; $17 online
Deadline: March 14, 2021 (postmarked); March 19, 2021 (online)

Arts & Letters Fiction Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: March 31, 2021

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, 2021

Nonfiction Contests

Hazel Rowley Prize
Eligibility: 1st time biographers
Prize: $2,000 + a year’s membership in BIO
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: March 1, 2021

Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: March 1, 2021

Ida B. Wells Fellowship
Eligibility: Journalists of color
Prize: $20,000, additional funds for traveling, & editorial guidance from an editor at Type Investigations
Deadline: March 14, 2021

Susan Atefat Prize in Creative Nonfiction
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: March 31, 2021

Poetry Contests

Ruth Stone Poetry Prize
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: March 1, 2021

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: $2,000 + publication
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: March 7, 2021

Rumi Prize in Poetry
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: March 31, 2021

Writing Fellowships & Residencies

Kapnick Distinguished Writer in Residence
Eligibility: Prose writers with a background in both fiction and nonfiction, who have published at least 2 books and have additional publications
Prize: 1-year visiting associate professor position
Deadline: March 1, 2021 (applications open on this date but applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis)

National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships
Eligibility: Fiction and nonfiction writers with substantial publications from Jan 1, 2014-Mar 10, 2021 (see eligibility for details)
Prize: $25,000
Deadline: March 10, 2021

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, 2021

Hugo House Writer in Residence
Eligibility: Published writers of poetry
Prize: monthly $500 stipend for 9 months
Deadline: March 31, 2021