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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, 2021

Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $2,500 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: September 30, 2021

Juniper Prize for Fiction
Eligibility: All writers in English
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: September 30, 2021

Red Hen Press Fiction Award
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: September 30, 2021

Nonfiction Contests

Juniper Prize for Creative Nonfiction
Eligibility: All writers in English
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: September 30, 2021

Dzanc Books Prize for Nonfiction
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,500 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: September 30, 2021

Poetry Contests

Brittingham Prize in Poetry
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,500 + publication
Entry fee: $28
Deadline: September 15, 2021

Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,500 + publication
Entry fee: $28
Deadline: September 15, 2021

Juniper Prize for Poetry
Eligibility: All writers in English
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: September 30, 2021

Philip Levine Prize in Poetry
Eligibility: Any poet writing in English
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry fee: $22 by mail; $25 online
Deadline: September 30, 2021

Translation Contests

Leif and Inger Sjöberg Award
Eligibility: English translations of works written in a Nordic language
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Deadline: September 1, 2021

Nadia Christensen Prize
Eligibility: English translations of works written in a Nordic language
Prize: $2,500 + publication
Deadline: September 1, 2021

Writing Fellowships & Residencies

Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards
Eligibility: Writers who are residents of Ohio
Prize: $5,000
Deadline: September 1, 2021

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 24, 2021