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

Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest
Eligibility: U.S. writers
Prize: $1,500 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: November 1, 2018

Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize
Eligibility: U.S. writers with at least three books of fiction published
Prize: $15,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: November 1, 2018

John Steinbeck Award
Eligibility: All writers (stories should be California-themed)
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: November 1, 2018


Nonfiction Contests

Gabriele Rico Creative Nonfiction Challenge
Eligibility: All writers (pieces should be California-themed)
Prize: $1,333
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: November 1, 2018


Poetry Contests

APR/Honickman First Book Prize
Eligibility: U.S. writers who have not published a book-length collection of poems
Prize: $3,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: November 1, 2018

Walt Whitman Award
Eligibility: U.S. poets who have not previously published a book
Prize: $5,000 + publication
Entry fee: $35
Deadline: November 1, 2018

Alice James Award
Eligibility: Emerging & established poets
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: November 1, 2018

Edwin Markham Prize
Eligibility: All poets (poems should be California-themed)
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: November 1, 2018

A Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize
Eligibility: U.S. poets who have not previously published a book
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: November 30, 2018

Cider Press Review Book Award
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,500 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: November 30, 2018


Multi-Genre Contests

Narrative 30 Below Contest
Eligibility: All writers, ages 18-30
Prize: $1,500
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: November 18, 2018

Narrative Fall Story Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $2,500
Entry fee: $26
Deadline: November 30, 2018


Writing Fellowships & Residencies

Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship
Eligibility: Writers with book-length project currently in progress, addressing the history and/or legacy of the American Revolution and the nation’s founding ideas
Prize: $45,000 stipend, health benefits, faculty privileges, a book allowance, and a nine-month residency
Deadline: November 1, 2018

Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship
Eligibility: Early-career writer of fiction who has not yet published a book and is not currently nor has ever been enrolled in an MFA program
Prize: $2,000, manuscript review, free tuition for all One Story online classes & programming
Deadline: November 15, 2018


Writing Retreats & Other Opportunities

New York Times Student Journalism Institute
Eligibility: Student members of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Prize: Opportunity to attend the Institute, held from May 18 to June 2, 2019, costs covered.
Deadline: November 15, 2018