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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