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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