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.

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, 2018


NonFiction Contests

Red Hen Press Fiction Award
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: April 30, 2018


Poetry Contests

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, 2018


Translation Contests

National Translation Award in Poetry
Eligibility: Literary translators with translated works from 2017
Prize: $2,500
Entry fee: $30-50
Deadline: April 16, 2018

National Translation Award in Prose
Eligibility: Literary translators with translated works from 2017
Prize: $2,500
Entry fee: $30-50
Deadline: April 16, 2018

Lucien Stryk Prize
Eligibility: Translators with book-length translations of Asian* poetry or source texts from Zen Buddhism in in 2016 (*translations from Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean into English)
Prize: $5,000
Deadline: April 16, 2018

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 16, 2018

Cliff Becker Book Prize
Eligibility: Poets with unpublished manuscripts of translated poetry
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: April 16, 2018

ALTA Travel Fellowship
Eligibility: Emerging translators
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: April 16, 2018

Peter K. Jansen Memorial Travel Fellowship
Eligibility: Emerging translators of color or translators working from an underrepresented diaspora or stateless language
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: April 16, 2018


Multi-Genre Contests

New Michigan/DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest
Eligibility: All writers (prose or poetry chapbooks are eligible)
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: April 27, 2018


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, 2018

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 5, 2018

MacDowell Colony
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: 4-month residency
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: April 15, 2018

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, 2018

Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships
Eligibility: Poets, ages of 21-31
Prize: $25,800
Deadline: April 30, 2018


Writing Workshops & Retreats

(Please note these may be non-paying opportunities with additional fees such as tuition, room & board, etc.)

Jack Jones Retreat
Eligibility: Professional and emerging women writers of color
Prize: Two-week retreat at Blue Sky Retreat
Application fee: $35
Other fees: last year the cost was $1,050 (fellowships and travel stipends are available)
Deadline: April 1, 2018

Tin House Summer Workshop
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: week-long intensive of workshops, seminars, panels, and readings
Application fee: $40
Other fees: $1200 for tuition; $600 for room & board [scholarships are available; scholarship deadline: March 18, 2018]
Deadline: April 29, 2018


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