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

W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction
Eligibility: Writers with a book published in the year prior to the award
Prize: $5,000
Deadline: December 1, 2017

Danahy Fiction Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee:$20
Deadline: December 31, 2017


Nonfiction Contests

San Fernando Valley Award for Nonfiction
Eligibility: Writers who have published a significant work of non-fiction dealing directly with the region of the San Fernando Valley.
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: December 1, 2017

Iowa Prize in Literary Nonfiction
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: publication by University of Iowa Press
Entry fee: $10
Deadline: December 10, 2017

J. Anthony Lukas Work-in Progress Award
Eligibility: Writers with a contract with a U.S.-based publisher to write a nonfiction book
Prize: $25,000
Deadline: December 11, 2017

J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize
Eligibility: Writers with a nonfiction book published in 2017 on a topic of American political or social concern
Prize: $10,000
Entry fee: $75
Deadline: December 11, 2017

Mark Lynton History Prize
Eligibility: Writers with a book-length work of history published in 2017
Prize: $10,000
Entry fee: $75
Deadline: December 11, 2017


Poetry Contests

Center for Book Arts Poetry Chapbook Contest
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: December 10, 2017

Robert H. Winner Memorial Award
Eligibility: Mid-career poets
Prize: $2,500
Entry fee: $15
Deadline: December 22, 2017

Dorset Prize
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $3,000 + residency
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: December 31, 2017


Multi-Genre Contests

Chautauqua Prize
Eligibility: Writers (fiction & creative nonfiction) with a book published in 2017
Prize: $7,500
Entry fee: $75
Deadline: December 15, 2017


Writing Fellowships & Residencies

Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Fellowship
Eligibility: Writers and poets who have not published a full-length book of creative work
Prize: 7 month residency + monthly stipend of $750
Entry fee: $50
Deadline: December 1, 2017

Buzzfeed Emerging Writer Fellowship
Eligibility: Emerging writers
Prize: $14,000 + 4 month mentorship with career guidance and editorial support
Deadline: December 4, 2017

 

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