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 (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

Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

Eligibility: Rising African-American authors w/novels or short story collections published in 2017

Prize: $10,000

Deadline: August 15, 2017

Machigonne Fiction Contest

Eligibility: All writers

Prize: $1,500 + publication

Entry fee: $20

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award

Eligibility: All writers

Prize: $2,000

Entry fee: $16

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Serena McDonald Kennedy Award

Eligibility: All writers

Prize: $1,000 + publication

Entry fee: $25

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Red Hen Press Fiction Award

Eligibility: All writers

Prize: $1,000 + publication

Entry fee: $20

Deadline: August 31, 2017


Nonfiction Contests

Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest

Eligibility: All writers

Prize: $1,000 CAD

Entry fee: $35 CAD for Canadian entries, $40 USD for U.S. entries, and $45 USD elsewhere. Additional entries are $15 CAD per submission.

Deadline: August 1, 2017


Poetry Contests

Grayson Books Poetry Prize

Eligibility: All poets writing in English

Prize: $1,000 + publication

Entry fee: $25

Deadline: August 15, 2017

Knightville Poetry Contest

Eligibility: All poets

Prize: $1,500 + publication

Entry fee: $20

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Max Ritvo Poetry Prize

Eligibility: Poets without a published collection

Prize: $10,000 + publication

Entry fee: $25

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize

Eligibility: Poets residing in Upstate New York

Prize: $2,000

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry

Eligibility: All poets

Prize: $1,000 + publication

Entry fee: $25

Deadline: August 31, 2017


Multi-Genre Contests

1/2 K Prize

Eligibility: All writers

Prize: $1,000 + publication

Entry fee: $20

Deadline: August 1, 2017


Writing Fellowships & Grants

Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships

Eligibility: Delaware residents

Prize: $3,000 - $6,000

Deadline: August 1, 2017

PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship

Eligibility: Unpublished writers (see website for more details)

Prize: $1,000 + mentorship + classes

Entry fee: $10

Deadline: August 1, 2017

Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant

Eligibility: Women and trans* artists living in the Delaware Valley area

Prize: up to $2,500

Deadline: August 1, 2017

Sustainable Arts Foundation Award

Eligibility: Writers with at least one child under the age of 18.

Prize: $6,000

Entry fee: $15

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award

Eligibility: Writers with at least one child under the age of 18.

Prize: $2,000

Entry fee: $15

Deadline: August 31, 2017


Writing Residencies

Yaddo

Eligibility: All writers not enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs

Prize: 2 – 8 week residency

Entry fee: $30

Deadline: August 1, 2017


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