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

Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $10,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: September 15, 2017

Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $2,500 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: September 15, 2017

Los Gatos Irish Writers' Festival Short Story Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Deadline: September 21, 2017

Juniper Prize for Fiction
Eligibility: All writers in English
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: September 30, 2017


Nonfiction Contests

Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $3,000 + publication
Deadline: September 1, 2017

Literal Latté Essay Awards
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee: $10/essay; $15/two essays
Deadline: September 30, 2017


Poetry Contests

Brittingham Prize in Poetry
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $28
Deadline: September 15, 2017

Pollak Prize in Poetry
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $28
Deadline: September 15, 2017

Juniper Prize for Poetry
Eligibility: All writers in English
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $30
Deadline: September 30, 2017

Philip Levine Prize in Poetry
Eligibility: Any poet writing in English
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry fee: $28
Deadline: September 30, 2017

Morton Marr Poetry Prize
Eligibility: Unpublished poets
Prize: $1,000
Entry fee: $5
Deadline: September 30, 2017


Multi-Genre Contests

Barthelme Prize for Short Prose
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $18
Deadline: September 8, 2017

Robert Watson Literary Prizes
Eligibility: All writers and poets
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $14
Deadline: September 15, 2017

Dzanc Books/Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $5,000 + publication
Entry fee: $25
Deadline: September 15, 2017

New Voices Award (Picture Books)
Eligibility: Unpublished writers, who ID as POC or native
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Deadline: September 30, 2017

Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry fee: $20
Deadline: September 30, 2017


Writing Fellowships & Residencies

Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards
Eligibility: Writers who are residents of Ohio
Prize: $5,000
Deadline: September 1, 2017

Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships
Eligibility: Writers interested in journalism
Prize: Short-term research opportunity at the Nieman Foundation & stipend of $1,225 per week for those not supported by employer during the fellowship
Deadline: September 29, 2017

Cullman Center Fellowship
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $70,000 + access to the research collections at the NYPL Stephen A. Schwartzman Building
Deadline: September 29, 2017


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