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

Nelligan Prize
Eligibility: Short story writers
Prize: $2,500 + publication
Entry fee: $15; $17 online
Deadline: March 14, 2022 (there is a 5-day grace period)

Arts & Letters Fiction Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: March 31, 2022

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, 2022

Nonfiction Contests

Frances Frank Rollin Fellowship
Eligibility: Authors working on a biographical work about an African American figure or figures
Prize: $2,000 + a year’s membership in BIO
Deadline: March 1, 2022

Ida B. Wells Fellowship
Eligibility: Journalists of color
Prize: $25,000 + mentorship + additional funds for traveling, reporting, and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference
Deadline: March 13, 2022

Susan Atefat Prize in Creative Nonfiction
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: March 31, 2022

Poetry Contests

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, 2022

Rumi Prize in Poetry
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: March 31, 2022

Translation Contests

Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation
Eligibility: Translators with works published between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022
Prize: £3,000
Deadline: March 31, 2022

Writing Fellowships & Residencies

National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships
Eligibility: Poets with substantial publications from Jan 1, 2015-Mar 10, 2022 (see eligibility for details)
Prize: $25,000
Deadline: March 10, 2022

Hugo House Writer in Residence
Eligibility: Published writers of prose + poetry
Prize: $6,000 stipend for 12 months
Deadline: March 31, 2022