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

Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: October 1, 2021

F(r)iction Short Story Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: October 29, 2021

Quill Prose Award
Eligibility: Queer writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $10
Deadline: October 30, 2021

Nonfiction Contests

River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $27
Deadline: October 31, 2021

Poetry Contests

Alice James Award
Eligibility: Emerging & established poets
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: October 15, 2021

Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $3,000 + publication + 4-week residency
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: October 31, 2021

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, 2021

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: October 31, 2021

Blue Lights Book Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: October 31, 2021

Multi-Genre Contests

Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $5,000
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: October 1, 2021

Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: October 15, 2021

Writing Fellowships & Residencies

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: October 11, 2021