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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Eligibility: Emerging writers of color (unpublished preferred)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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