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

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,500 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: October 1, 2018

Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: October 1, 2018

Blue Lights Book Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: October 31, 2018


Nonfiction Contests

River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $27
Deadline: October 31, 2018


Poetry Contests

Philip Levine Prize in Poetry
Eligibility: Any poet writing in English
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: October 1, 2018

Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship
Eligibility: All US-born poets (or with parent born in the US)
Prize: $59,000
Deadline: October 15, 2018

Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $3,000 + publication + 4-week residency
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: October 31, 2018

Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry
Eligibility: Female poets who have yet to publish a full-length book of poems
Prize: $1,000 + publication + residency
Deadline: October 31, 2018


Multi-Genre Contests

American Literary Review Awards
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $15
Deadline: October 1, 2018

Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $5,000
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: October 1, 2018


Writing Fellowships & Residencies

Dora Maar Fellowship
Eligibility: Midcareer professionals in the arts and humanities
Prize: 1-3 month residency
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: October 15, 2018

Jane Hoppen Residency
Eligibility: Writers of any genre who identify as LGBTQ+
Prize: 6 month residency at Paragraph NY
Deadline: October 15, 2018

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