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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