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 (e.g. January 2017 Calls for Submissions is posted in December; all opportunities will have January deadlines).

If you would like a contest, grant, fellowship, residency, or workshop to be added to our next Submissions post, please contact us. Include a link to your submission guidelines and the information we include in all our listings: deadline, entry fee, and prize.

Fiction Contests

David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction
Eligibility: Writers who have not published a book of fiction
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: May 1, 2017

St. Francis College Literary Prize
Eligibility: Mid-career fiction writers
Prize: $50,000
Deadline: May 15, 2017

Raymond Carver Short Story Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,500 + publication
Entry fee: $17 online; $15 by mail
Deadline: May 15, 2017

BOA Short Fiction Prize
Eligibility: Writers who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or have DACA status, TPS or LPS
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: May 31, 2017

Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: May 31, 2017


Nonfiction Contests

Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant
Eligibility: Creative nonfiction writers under contract with a publisher & at least two years into their contract
Prize: $40,000
Deadline: May 1, 2017


Poetry Contests

Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize
Eligibility: Poets who have not published a full-length volume of poetry
Prize: $2,500 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: May 1, 2017

Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,500
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: May 15, 2017

Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize
Eligibility: Poets under 40 years of age
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee: $15
Deadline: May 15, 2017

James Laughlin Award
Eligibility: Poets with 2nd full-length book of poetry coming out in the following calendar year
Prize: $5,000 + 1 week, all expenses paid stay at The Betsy Hotel in Miami
Deadline: May 15, 2017

Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
Eligibility: Poets with a full-length book of poetry published in the previous calendar year
Prize: $25,000
Entry fee: $75
Deadline: May 15, 2017

Loraine Williams Poetry Prize
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $15
Deadline: May 15, 2017

Guy Owen Prize
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: May 31, 2017


Multi-Genre Contests

Ploughshares Emerging Writers Contest
Eligibility: Writers who have not published a book
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry fee: $24
Deadline: May 15, 2017


Writing Fellowships

American Prospect Writing Fellowship
Eligibility: Journalists at the beginning of their careers
Prize: $33,000/year for two years
Deadline: May 15, 2017


Writing Workshops & Retreats

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

Jack Jones Retreat
Eligibility: Professional and emerging women writers of color
Prize: Two-week retreat at the Writer’s Colony in Dairy Hollow
Application fee: $25
Other fees: $1050 (fellowships are available)
Deadline: May 1, 2017 Extended until May 5, 2017

 

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