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

Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $5,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: September 30, 2020

Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: September 30, 2020

Juniper Prize for Fiction
Eligibility: All writers in English
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: September 30, 2020

Red Hen Press Fiction Award
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: September 30, 2020

Nonfiction Contests

Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $3,000 + publication
Deadline: September 15, 2020

Juniper Prize for Creative Nonfiction
Eligibility: All writers in English
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: September 30, 2020

Poetry Contests

Brittingham Prize in Poetry
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $28
Deadline: September 15, 2020

Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $28
Deadline: September 15, 2020

Juniper Prize for Poetry
Eligibility: All writers in English
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: September 30, 2020

Philip Levine Prize in Poetry
Eligibility: Any poet writing in English
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25 by mail; $28 online
Deadline: September 30, 2020

Multi-Genre Contests

Barthelme Prize for Short Prose
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: September 15, 2020

Dzanc Diverse Voices Prize
Eligibility: Writers in minority, underrepresented, or marginalized communities
Prize: $3,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: September 30, 2020

Translation Contests

Leif and Inger Sjöberg Award
Eligibility: English translations of works written in a Nordic language
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Deadline: September 1, 2020

Nadia Christensen Prize
Eligibility: English translations of works written in a Nordic language
Prize: $2,500 + publication
Deadline: September 1, 2020

Gulf Coast Prize for Translation
Eligibility: All translators
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: September 15, 2020

Writing Fellowships & Residencies

AAWW Margins Fellowship
Eligibility: NYC-based Asian American writers
Prize: $5,000 + 1-year residency
Entry fee:
Deadline: September 7, 2020

Cullman Center Fellowship
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: up to $75,000 + access to the research collections at the NYPL Stephen A. Schwartzman Building
Deadline: September 25, 2020

Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships
Eligibility: Writers interested in journalism
Prize: Short-term research opportunity (up to 20 weeks) at the Nieman Foundation & stipend of $2,000 per week for those not supported by employer during the fellowship
Deadline: September 25, 2020