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

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

Eligibility: All writers

Prize: $1,500 + publication

Entry fee: $20

Deadline: October 1, 2017

Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest

Eligibility: All writers

Prize: $1,000 + publication

Entry fee: $20

Deadline: October 2, 2017

New Visions Award (Middle Grade/Young Adult)

Eligibility: Writers of color who are residents of the United States and have not previously had a middle grade or young adult novel published

Prize: $1,000 + publication

Deadline: October 31, 2017

Indiana Review Fiction Prize

Eligibility: All writers

Prize: $1,000 + publication

Entry fee: $20

Deadline: October 31, 2017


Nonfiction Contests

River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest

Eligibility: All writers

Prize: $1,000 + publcation

Entry fee: $27

Deadline: October 15, 2017

Writing Pittsburgh Book Prize

Eligibility: Writers with a meaningful Pittsburgh connection

Prize: $10,000 + publication

Deadline: October 23, 2017


Poetry Contests

Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship

Eligibility: All US-born poets (or with parent born in the US)

Prize: $58,000

Deadline: October 15, 2017

Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

Eligibility: All writers

Prize: $3,000 + publication + 4-week residency

Entry fee: $25

Deadline: October 31, 2017

Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry

Eligibility: Female poets who have yet to publish a full-length book of poems

Prize: $1,000 + publication

Deadline: October 31, 2017

APR/Honickman First Book Prize

Eligibility: U.S. writers who have not published a book-length collection of poems

Prize: $3,000 + publication

Entry fee: $25

Deadline: October 31, 2017


Multi-Genre Contests

American Literary Review Awards

Eligibility: All writers

Prize: $1,000 + publication

Entry fee: $15

Deadline: October 1, 2017

Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize

Eligibility: All writers

Prize: $5,000

Entry fee: $22

Deadline: October 2, 2017


Writing Fellowships & Residencies

Spillways Artist & Writer Residency

Eligibility: All writers

Prize: $1,000 + 2-week residency in New Orleans

Entry fee: $45

Deadline: October 4, 2017

Dora Maar Fellowship

Eligibility: Midcareer professionals in the arts and humanities

Prize: 1-3 month residency

Entry Fee: $20

Deadline: October 15, 2017

A Public Space Fellowship

Eligibility: Writers who have not yet been published

Prize: $1,000 + 6-month editorial support (from APS editors to prepare a piece for publication in the magazine)

Deadline: October 15, 2017


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