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.

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, 2018

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, 2018


Nonfiction Contests

Fund for Investigative Journalism Grant
Eligibility: Journalists with a letter of commitment from a publication for a specific story
Prize: up to $10,000
Deadline: February 5, 2018

Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award
Eligibility: Early-career, creative nonfiction writers
Prize: $12,500
Deadline: February 20, 2018

Creative Nonfiction Prize (Theme Intoxication)
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: February 26, 2018

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. 2018

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, 2018


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, 2018

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, 2018


Translation Contests

Raiziss/de Palchi Book Prize
Eligibility: Translators with an English translation of Italian poetry published in the U.S.
Prize: $10,000
Deadline: February 15, 2018


Multi-Genre Contests

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, 2018


Writing Fellowships & Residencies

U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Exchange Fellowships
Eligibility: Writers (and other artists) who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
Prize: 3-5 month residency + funding
Deadline: February 1, 2018

Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing
Eligibility: Poets working on a first or second book.
Prize: Lodging at Bucknell's “Poets’ Cottage” and a stipend of $5,000.
Deadline: February 1, 2018

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, 2018

Dora Maar Fellowship
Eligibility: Midcareer professionals in the arts and humanities
Prize: 1-3 month residency
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: February 15, 2018

Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship
Eligibility: US/Canadian/Australian citizens accepted to or currently enrolled in an accredited college, university, or graduate program within the United States, Canada or Australia
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: February 21, 2018


Writers Workshops & Retreats

(Please note these may be non-paying opportunities with additional fees such as tuition, room & board, etc.)

Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices
Eligibility: Writers in the LGBTQ community
Prize: a one-week intensive workshop immersion in fiction, genre fiction, nonfiction, playwriting or poetry
Application fee: $25
Other fees: $850 tuition, $800 room and board; scholarships are available
Deadline: February 1, 2018

VONA Workshop
Eligibility: Writers of color
Prize: one-week long workshop
Entry fee: $25
Other fees: workshop = $1,100; room & board = $1,100
Deadline: February 19, 2018

 

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