Each month will feature a curated batch 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

AWP Prize for the Novel
Eligibility: All authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence
Prize: $2,500 + publication by the New Issues Press
Entry Fee: $30 (nonmembers); $20 (members)
Deadline: February 28, 2017

Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction
Eligibility: All authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence
Prize: $5,500 + publication by University of Massachusetts Press
Entry Fee: $30 (nonmembers); $20 (members)
Deadline: February 28, 2017


Nonfiction Contests

Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing
Eligibility: First-generation American author with a nonfiction debut
Prize: $10,000 and publication by Restless Books
Deadline: February 28, 2017

AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction
Eligibility: All authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence
Prize: $2,500 + publication by the University of Georgia Press.
Entry Fee: $30 (nonmembers); $20 (members)
Deadline: February 28, 2017

Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award 2017
Eligibility: Early-career, creative nonfiction writers, 21+ years old
Prize: $6,000 + additional $3,000 upon evidence of substantial progress + additional $3,500 upon completion
Deadline: February 21, 2017


Poetry Contests

Michael Waters Poetry Prize
Eligibility: All poets, except affiliates
Prize: $3,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: February 1, 2017

Donald Hall Prize for Poetry
Eligibility: All authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence
Prize: $5,500 + publication by University of Pittsburgh Press
Entry Fee: $30 (nonmembers); $20 (members)
Deadline: February 28, 2017


Translation Contests

Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship
Eligibility: Translator of Italian poetry
Prize: $25,000 + 5 week residency
Deadline: February 15, 2017


Multi-Genre Contests

Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers
Eligibility: Black writers who are full-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs in U.S.
Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: February 1, 2017

Writers' Union of Canada Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers
Eligibility: Canadian citizens & permanent residents with no more than 1 book published
Prize: $2,500
Entry fee: $29
Deadline: February 15, 2017


Writing Fellowships & Residencies

U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Exchange Fellowships
Eligibility: Writers who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
Prize: 3-5 month residency; up to $24,000 in grant money; $2,000 for travel expenses
Deadline: February 1, 2017 for cover sheet; February 15, 2017 for application

Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing
Eligibility: Poets or writers working on a first or second book.
Prize: lodging at Bucknell's “Poets’ Cottage” and a stipend of $5,000.
Deadline: February 1, 2017

Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing
Eligibility: Writers working on their first books
Prize: $40,500 + travel and health insurance
Deadline: February 1, 2017

Dora Maar Fellowship
Eligibility: Midcareer professionals in the arts and humanities
Prize: 1-3 month residency
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: February 15, 2017

Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellowships
Eligibility: Fiction writers at the early stages of their careers living in NYC
Prize: $5,000
Deadline: February 15, 2017

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