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 (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

Into the Black: Short Fiction Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $12,000
Deadline: November 1, 2017

F(r)iction Short Story Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee: $15
Deadline: November 1, 2017

Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest
Eligibility: U.S. writers
Prize: $1,500 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: November 1, 2017

Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize
Eligibility: U.S. writers with at least three books of fiction published
Prize: $15,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: November 1, 2017

John Steinbeck Award
Eligibility: All writers (stories should be California-themed)
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee: $15
Deadline: November 1, 2017

Masters Review Fall Fiction Contest
Eligibility: Emerging writers
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: November 15, 2017

Lee Smith Novel Prize
Eligibility: Authors from, living in, or writing about the American South
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: November 30, 2017


Nonfiction Contests

Gabriele Rico Creative Nonfiction Challenge
Eligibility: All writers (pieces should be California-themed)
Prize: $1,333
Entry fee: $15
Deadline: November 1, 2017


Poetry Contests

Walt Whitman Award
Eligibility: U.S. poets who have not previously published a book
Prize: $5,000 + publication
Entry fee: $35
Deadline: November 1, 2017

Alice James Award
Eligibility: Emerging & established poets
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: November 1, 2017

Edwin Markham Prize
Eligibility: All poets (poems should be California-themed)
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee: $15
Deadline: November 1, 2017

A Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize
Eligibility: U.S. poets who have not previously published a book
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: November 30, 2017

Cider Press Review Book Award
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,500 + publication
Entry fee: $26
Deadline: November 30, 2017


Multi-Genre Contests

Narrative Fall Story Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $2,500
Entry fee: $26
Deadline: November 30, 2017


Writing Fellowships & Residencies

Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship
Eligibility: Writers with book-length project currently in progress, addressing the history and/or legacy of the American Revolution and the nation’s founding ideas
Prize: $45,000 stipend, health benefits, faculty privileges, a book allowance, and a nine-month residency
Deadline: November 1, 2017


Writing Retreats & Other Opportunities

New York Times Student Journalism Institute
Eligibility: Student members of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Prize: Opportunity to attend the Institute, held from May 19 to June 3, 2018, costs covered.
Deadline: November 15, 2017

 

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