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, 2021

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, 2021

John Steinbeck Award
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: November 1, 2021

Nonfiction Contests

Gabriele Rico Creative Nonfiction Challenge
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,333
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: November 1, 2021

Poetry Contests

Edwin Markham Prize
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: November 1, 2021

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, 2021

Cider Press Review Book Award
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,500 + publication
Entry fee: $26
Deadline: November 30, 2021

Multi-Genre Contests

Narrative 30 Below Contest
Eligibility: All writers, ages 18-30
Prize: $1,500
Entry fee: $26
Deadline: November 19, 2021

Narrative Fall Story Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $2,500
Entry fee: $27
Deadline: November 30, 2021