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

Nelligan Prize

Eligibility: Short story writers

Prize: $2,000 + publication

Entry fee: $15; $17 online

Deadline: March 14, 2018

Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

Eligibility: All writers

Prize: $1,000 + publication

Entry fee: $20

Deadline: March 15, 2018

Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing

Eligibility: All writers

Prize: $1,000 + publication

Entry fee: $20

Deadline: March 15, 2018

Arts & Letters Fiction Prize

Eligibility: All writers

Prize: $1,000 + publication

Entry fee: $20

Deadline: March 31, 2018


Nonfiction Contests

Hazel Rowley Prize

Eligibility: 1st time biographers

Prize: $2,000 + a year’s membership in BIO

Entry fee: $50

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize

Eligibility: All writers

Prize: $1,000 + publication

Entry fee: $20

Deadline: March 15, 2018

Susan Atefat Prize in Creative Nonfiction

Eligibility: All writers

Prize: $1,000 + publication

Entry fee: $20

Deadline: March 31, 2018

Natan Book Award at the Jewish Book Council

Eligibility: Nonfiction writers with a book that has an existing publishing contract with a recognized commercial publisher, scheduled for publication between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018

Prize: $10,000 (+ up to $15,000 covering marketing/publicity)

Deadline: March 31, 2018


Poetry Contests

Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award

Eligibility: Poets who have previously published at least one full-length book of poems and are citizens or residents of the U.S.

Prize: $1,000 + publication + additional $1,000 for marketing/promotion

Entry fee: $30

Deadline: March 7, 2018

Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

Eligibility: All poets

Prize: $1,000 + publication

Entry fee: $20

Deadline: March 15, 2018

Rumi Prize in Poetry

Eligibility: All poets

Prize: $1,000 + publication

Entry fee: $20

Deadline: March 31, 2018


Translation Contests

Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

Eligibility: Translators with works published between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018

Prize: £3,000

Deadline: March 31, 2018


Multi-Genre Contests

Prairie Schooner Book Prize

Eligibility: Poets and fiction writers

Prize: $3,000 + publication

Entry fee: $25

Deadline: March 15, 2018

New South Writing Contest

Eligibility: Writers who have not published a book of prose or poetry

Prize: $1,000 + publication

Entry fee: $15

Deadline: March 18, 2018


Writing Fellowships & Residencies

Grub Street Emerging Writer Fellowship

Eligibility: writers 18+ yrs

Prize: writing classes and seminars

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency

Eligibility: Poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers

Prize: $5,000 stipend + 7 month residency

Entry Fee: $25

Deadline: March 1, 2018

National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships

Eligibility: Fiction and nonfiction writers with published work (see eligibility for details)

Prize: $25,000

Deadline: March 7, 2018

American Prospect Writing Fellowship

Eligibility: Journalists at the beginning of their careers

Prize: $33,000/year for two years

Deadline: March 10, 2018

Cave Canem Residency at the Rose O’Neill Literary House

Eligibility: African-American poets

Prize: $1,000 + one-month residency

Deadline: March 15, 2018

 

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