Each month will feature a curated batch 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 (e.g. January 2017 Calls for Submissions is posted in December; all opportunities will have January deadlines).

If you would like a contest, grant, fellowship, residency, or workshop to be added to our next Submissions post, please contact us. Include a link to your submission guidelines and the information we include in all our listings: deadline, entry fee, and prize.

Fiction Contests

Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $2,000
Entry fee: $16
Deadline: April 30, 2017


Poetry Contests

New Southern Voices Poetry Prize
Eligibility: Southern poets with no more than one previously published full-length collection
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: April 17, 2017

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
Eligibility: Poets who have not had a full-length book of poetry published previously
Prize: $5,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: April 30, 2017

Iowa Poetry Prize
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: April 30, 2017


Translation Contests

National Translation Award in Poetry
Eligibility: Literary translators with translated works from 2016
Prize: $2,500
Entry fee: $30-50
Deadline: April 7, 2017

National Translation Award in Prose
Eligibility: Literary translators with translated works from 2016
Prize: $2,500
Entry fee: $30-50
Deadline: April 7, 2017

Lucien Stryk Prize
Eligibility: Translators with book-length translations of Asian* poetry or source texts from Zen Buddhismin in 2016 (*translations from Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean into English)
Prize: $5,000
Deadline: April 7, 2017

Italian Prose in Translation Award (IPTA)
Eligibility: Translators with books of fiction or literary non-fiction translated from Italian into English in 2016
Prize: $5,000
Deadline: April 7, 2017

Cliff Becker Book Prize
Eligibility: Poets with unpublished manuscripts of translated poetry
Prize: $1,000 + publication by White Pine Press
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: April 7, 2017

ALTA Travel Fellowship
Eligibility: Emerging translators
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: April 7, 2017

Peter K. Jansen Memorial Travel Fellowship
Eligibility: Emerging translators of color or a translators working from an underrepresented diaspora or stateless language
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: April 7, 2017


Multi-Genre Contests

New Michigan/DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest
Eligibility: All writers (prose or poetry chapbooks are eligible)
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $19
Deadline: April 28, 2017

Mary Lynn Kotz Award
Eligibility: Authors of books of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry published in 2016 whose main focus/topic is the visual arts
Prize: Recognition at Virginia Literary Awards Gala
Deadline: April 28, 2017


Writing Fellowships & Residencies

Marguerite and Lamar Fellowship for Writers
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $5,000 + residency in Carson McCullers’s childhood home
Deadline: April 1, 2017

Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence Program
Eligibility: Children’s book writers who have not published more than 3 books
Prize: $20,000 & office space at the BPL's Central Library
Deadline: April 14, 2017

MacDowell Colony
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: 4-month residency
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: April 15, 2017

Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents
Eligibility: Parents of at least one child under 10 years of age
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee: $15
Deadline: April 17, 2017

Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships
Eligibility: Poets, ages of 21-31
Prize: $25,800
Deadline: April 30, 2017

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