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Each month we curate a list of writing contests, fellowships, and other 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

Crook’s Corner Prize
Eligibility: Debut novels set predominantly in the American South, published btwn Jan 1, 2016 &  Jun 1, 2017
Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $35
Deadline: June 1, 2017

Salamander 2017 Fiction Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry Fee: $15
Deadline: June 1, 2017

Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction for Writers of Color Award
Eligibility: Emerging writers of color (unpublished preferred)
Prize: $1,500
Deadline: June 15, 2017

Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction
Eligibility: All U.S. writers
Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $15
Deadline: June 15, 2017

Drue Heinz Literature Prize
Eligibility: Writers who have published a novel or a book-length collection of fiction with a reputable book publisher, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in magazines or journals of national distribution
Prize: $15,000 + publication
Deadline: June 30, 2017


Poetry Contests

Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest
Eligibility: All Poets
Prize: $1,500 and publication
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: June 1, 2017

Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Award
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry Fee: $28
Deadline: June 15, 2017

May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Book Prize
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: June 30, 2017


Translation Contests

Leif and Inger Sjöberg Award
Eligibility: English translations of works written in a Nordic language
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Deadline: June 15, 2017

Nadia Christensen Prize
Eligibility: English translations of works written in a Nordic language
Prize: $2,500 + publication
Deadline: June 15, 2017


Multi-Genre Contests

Thomas A. Wilhelmus Editors’ Award
Eligibility: Essayists or short story writers
Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: June 1, 2017

New Millennium Writings Awards in Poetry, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Nonfiction
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: June 18, 2017


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