Current List of Writing Contests, Grants, Fellowships & Retreats


June 25

Sweet seeks only poetry and creative nonfiction and anything in between. Sorry, fiction writers! We read submissions all-year. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work has been taken by another literary journal (we’d like to be the first to congratulate you). Our preferred submission size is 3-5 poems. For creative non-fiction, we prefer 2-3 short-short creative nonfiction pieces or one longer one. Essays should not exceed 1,500 words total.

Along with your attachment, please include a brief cover letter and bio with your submission. Also, after sending us a portfolio of work, please wait to hear back before sending another.

Bellevue Literary Review

Prizes in Poetry and Prose

July 1, 2017
Entry Fee:
Cash Prize:
E-mail address:

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellevue Literary Review are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer for works about health, healing, illness, the body, and the mind. Rachel Hadas will judge in poetry, Geraldine Brooks will judge in fiction, and Rivka Galchen will judge in creative nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages or up to 5,000 words of prose with a $20 entry fee ($30 to receive a subscription to Bellevue Literary Review) by July 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Bellevue Literary Review, Prizes in Poetry and Prose, New York University Langone Medical Center, Department of Medicine, 550 First Avenue, OBV-A612, New York, NY 10016. (212) 263-3973. Stacy Bodziak, Managing Editor.

Ends on June 15, 2017

For more information about this and other scholarship opportunities, visit our website.

Requirements for Teachers & Librarians Scholarship:

1. Request Letter:

Please tell us about your work as a teacher or librarian in 1,000 words or less. A successful request letter will describe your institution, the community it serves, and your role within it; address the theme and/or speakers for the upcoming Seminar; and explain how you hope your attendance at the Seminar will benefit you and your community. Please also tell us something about your financial need, and whether or not you would be able to attend KWLS without our support.

File name must adhere to the following model: “Lastname_Firstname_cover.doc” and your name must appear at the top-right-hand-corner of the page.

2. Letter of Recommendation:

One letter of recommendation is required. It may be written by a supervisor, former student, patron, or peer. An effective letter will describe your strengths as a teacher or librarian and the impact you have made on others in your community and/or institution.

In the application form below, you will be asked to provide an email address for your recommender. Once you submit the application, they will receive an email from Submittable with a link to upload the recommendation letter. We suggest that you contact your recommender before you submit your application and alert them to expect this email.

3. References:

Please provide the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of two additional persons who are familiar with you and your work.


The application deadline is June 15, 2017. Honorees will be announced in September.

$15.00 USD

The Baltic Writing Residency is extremely excited to announce the establishment of the Stormé DeLarverie writing residency, specifically aimed at under-represented writers.

Deadline: June 15
The residency will offer 6-7 days in a Victorian apartment in historic Old Louisville, or off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in idyllic Boone, NC (1.5 hrs from Asheville; 1 hr from Winston-Salem). The date of the residency will be decided through discussion with the winning writer, as will the choice of KY or NC.

Each year one writer will be chosen. Applications are accepted by any author of poetry, plays, screenplays, fiction or creative nonfiction writing in English, regardless of their home nation (translations are admissible).

Comfortable accommodations at include Wi-Fi, furnished living room, bedroom, kitchen, central air and heat, &c.

An honorarium of $500 will accompany the residency. The writer will need to provide their own transportation.

Applications are read by an anonymous committee of judges composed of one member of the English Department of Harvard University, one poet of recognized standing, and one fiction writer of recognized standing.


The application fee is $15.00, and applicants should identify as member of an underrepresented group (writers of color, both American and international, including Native peoples, as well as, disabled people, and those who identify as LGBTQ+).

For the Writer in Residence all of the below should be included in a Single WORD or PDF document submitted through Submittable, with a deadline of June 15.

Please include a unique name for your submission (i.e. something other than ” Stormé DeLarverie Residency,” or “Baltic Application,” etc.). 

      * Writer’s bio

* 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose
* A general CV, an abbreviated list of book and/or journal publications, and your full contact information, and contact Information for two references.

Former students, as well as, friends and family of the staff of the Baltic Writing Residency are ineligible to apply. Do not include any additional material (cover letter, reference letters, books, etc.). You can email with any questions you might have.

Blue Mountain Center

Richard J. Margolis Award

July 1, 2017
Cash Prize:
E-mail address:

A prize of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to an essayist or journalist whose work “combines warmth, humor, wisdom, and concern with social justice.” Submit three copies of at least two writing samples totaling no more than 30 pages, a brief bio, and a project description by July 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Blue Mountain Center, Richard J. Margolis Award, c/o Margolis & Bloom, 535 Boylston Street, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02116.

Santa Fe Writers Project

2040 Book Award


July 7, 2017

Entry Fee:
Cash Prize:
E-mail address:

A prize of $1,000 and publication by 2040 Books, an imprint of the Santa Fe Writers Project, will be given annually for a short story or essay collection, a novel, or a memoir. Mat Johnson will judge. Submit a prose manuscript of any length with a $25 entry fee by July 7. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Santa Fe Writers Project, 2040 Book Award, 369 Montezuma Avenue, #350, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Andrew Gifford, Director

Deadline Friday, July 14, 2017 at 5PM EST. In the past, fellowship awards have ranged between $7,000 and $12,000. The amount of the award is determined annually by the council from funding provided through the New Jersey Hotel/Motel tax. Because fellowships are awarded to applicants who demonstrate the highest artistic excellence, there is no award quota per artistic discipline or style. Artists may use their fellowship awards to pursue work in their artistic discipline, the purchase of supplies, workshops, renting studio space, or otherwise freeing up their time. Fellowship funds may not be used for travel out of the country, study as a matriculated student in either a graduate or undergraduate program, or to purchase permanent equipment (equipment with a resale value exceeding $350 or having a lifespan of more than three years).

Open Meadows Grants for Women and Girls

July 1 – August 15

Open Meadows Foundation is a grant-making organization seeking projects that promote gender/racial/economic justice. The projects must be led by and benefit women and girls. 

Open Meadows is specifically looking to direct its resources towards changing the world. We are looking for projects focused on activism, political change, and empowerment directed by, and benefiting women and girls. Examples include projects focused on: Standing Rock, boycotts, marches, creation of new activist organizations, labor rights, community organizing, voting rights, environmental activism, economic rights, and other forms of political action encouraging participation by women and girls for women and girls.

 August 15

Louisville Literary Arts is pleased to announce submissions are now being accepted for the the Fourth Annual Writer’s Block Award in Creative Non-Fiction. The contest will be judged by novelist and writer Roy Hoffman, author of the two nonfiction books: Back Home, with a focus on the diverse cultures of the Gulf Coast, and Alabama Afternoons: Profiles and Conversations, will judge. Submissions will be accepted through August 15, 2017 at:  
One first place winner will receive $500, an opportunity to read at the 2017 Writer’s Block Festival in Louisville, KY on October 21, and publication in The Louisville Review, the literary magazine of Spalding University’s nationally distinguished low residency MFA in Writing program.
Please submit an original piece of creative nonfiction, such as personal or lyric essay, personal narrative, memoir, or any other form that involves a creative treatment of a nonfiction subject.
  1. Entries must be 4,000 words or less.
  2. Your name and contact information must NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  3. Filling out Submittable’s “cover letter” field is unnecessary.
  4. Friends, family, and students (within the past three years) of the judge, Roy Hoffman, should not submit to this contest.
  5. Submitting multiple works is fine with a separate entry and fee for each.
  6. Entries must be previously unpublished to be considered.
  7. Simultaneous submissions are permitted; please withdraw your work through Submittable if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.
Entry Fee: $12.00 

HippoCamp Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction to Award $1,200+ (Deadline August 31) Lancaster, PA

  • Enter between April 1 and August 31, 2017.
  • Previously unpublished memoir excerpts and personal essays of up to 4,000 words are eligible.

2017 Contest Open: Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction to Award $1,200+ (Deadline August 31)

January 1 – Application Hippocamp Scholarship

The Millay Colony for the Arts Upstate New York Residency – Apply October 1 or March 1

For more information, please email or call our Residency Director Calliope Nicholas at or 518-392-3103.

Located on the former home of poet/activist Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Millay Colony for the Arts is an artists’ residency program and artists’ center located in the Berkshire foothills of Austerlitz, New York. Our mission is to nurture and promote the vitality of the arts by supporting artists with rural retreats and workshops, and to support students, our artists-to-be, with a range of free arts programs and mentorships. In all that we do, the goal is to encourage creative intensity and exploration and foster community among artists from every background and at every stage of their career

Fall 2017 Creative Nonfiction Contest    

The deadline for our 2017 fall essay contest is Sunday Oct 1, 11:59 p.m. E.D.T. Our submission portal will open June 1st, 2017.

Our annual fall essay contest invites nonfiction submissions of up to 1,500 words in the form of autobiographical essay, reportage, profile, memoir, or narrative nonfiction that express a moment of significance — personal transformation, awakening, adventure, exploration, reward, accomplishment, revelation — that is inspired by or set within a park space. Please do aim to name the park somewhere in the essay, and the park need not be a U.S. national park – other national forests and BLM lands, and state and city parks as well, are great subjects. Also note that the writer does not need to be the subject of the essay. First, second and third place entries will be published on, as will the names of finalists. All 2017 winners will be selected by contest judge Melissa Faliveno.

OMI International Residency on Hudson

American Antiquarian Society

Fellowships for Creative Writers

October 5, 2016
25 Pages

At least three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for four-week residencies at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) in Worcester, Massachusetts, to support historical research and “imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history.” Fellows will receive a stipend of $1,850. For residencies in 2017, using the online submission system submit up to 25 pages of poetry or prose, a project proposal, a résumé, and two letters of recommendation (sent directly to AAS by the references) by October 5. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

American Antiquarian Society, Fellowships for Creative Writers, 190 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609. (508) 471-2131. James David Moran, Director of Outreach.

Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence

October 10

2017 Application (must be postmarked by October 10th)

The program is open to emerging writers in the United States who are at least 21 years old and not enrolled in a degree program, either graduate or undergraduate during the residence.

  • Residence runs from March 15 to April 5, 2017.
  • Writer receives a total stipend of $1500 and contributes up to 10 hours a week in community outreach (30 total hours).

New Writer Awards: Fiction & Nonfiction

New Writer Awards: Fiction & Nonfiction

Sequestrum October 14

From its advent, the mission of Sequestrum has been to feature new and emerging writers alongside literary heavyweights. Discovering new, unheralded voices is a bit like nicotine to us editors: We’re genetically predisposed to wanting more, and quitting gives us night terrors.

With our New Writer Awards, hundreds in cash prizes and publication in a future issue of Sequestrum will be awarded to up-and-coming writers of fiction and nonfiction.

New Writer Awards Details:

  • Open only to writers who have not yet published a book-length manuscript.
  • One first-prize winner will receive $200, plus publication in a future issue of Sequestrum.
  • Runner up prize(s) of $25-$50 cash, plus publication.
  • One submission up to 12,000 word per $15 entry fee, or two short pieces of 1,000 words or less.
  • Submissions read and reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Contest doors close 10/15, dependent on submission volume.

Women’s Studio Workshop – October 15

Opportunity Calendar


Alligator Juniper October 15

The 2017 Women’s National Book Association


This annual writing contest gives writers an opportunity to submit their poetry, short fiction and short nonfiction/memoir for several prizes and exposure to a wide literary audience.  The contest opens in September.

National Writing Contest in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry

*** $1,000 First Place Prize in Each Genre ***


Alligator Juniper is an award-winning national literary magazine published by the Arts & Letters program at Prescott College and featuring contemporary poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. We encourage submissions from writers at all levels, emerging, early-career, and established.

We produce one annual issue comprised of the winners and finalists of our national contests, judged by the current editors and staff. Our contests are open between August 15th and October 15th of each year. All entrants pay a submission fee and receive a copy of that year’s issue in the spring. First place winning writers in each genre receive a $1,000 prize. All finalists are published and paid in contributor copies.

Submission Guidelines

  • *Reading period is August 15 to October 15 annually.*
  • Maximum length: 30 pages or 5 poems.
  • Include an entry fee payable to Alligator Juniper for each story, essay or for a submission of up to five poems. Additional entries require an additional fee.
  • No children’s literature or genre work will be accepted.
  • No previously published work will be accepted.
  • A simultaneous submission will be accepted, but contact us if your work is selected elsewhere.
  • Please omit any personal information from your manuscript and instead submit a cover letter with name, permanent address, telephone number, and email address.
  • Add page numbering to all submitted, typed manuscripts. Any prose submitted must be double-spaced using a 12 point font; format each page with one inch margins. Poetry submissions should be single-spaced.
  • Submit entries via our submissions link at (fee) or by regular mail (gratis) beginning August 15.
  • No email submissions will be accepted.
  • Note: We usually inform in January.




A prize of $1,000 and twenty-five author copies is given annually for a chapbook in each of the categories of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The winning chapbooks will also be published by Arcadia and distributed to our subscribers bundled as the winter issue. Submit a manuscript of 15 to 40 pages in your category of choice with a $20.00 entry fee between August 1 and November 30. All poems, stories, and essays submitted will be considered for publication in the spring issue of Arcadia, and all finalists will receive a copy of the winning chapbook in their category. As always, familiarity with Arcadia and the sort of work we like is the most immediate way to find out what we’re looking for. That said, we strive for an eclectic editorial focus, so if you think you have something we’d like, send it our way.

Literal Latte Essay Contest September 30,

Essay Awards

NonBinary Review is a quarterly digital literary journal that joins poetry, fiction, essays, and art around each issue’s theme. We invite authors to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them: re-write a familiar story from a new point of view, mash genres together, give us a personal essay about some aspect of our theme that has haunted you all your life. We also invite art that will accompany the literature and be featured on our cover. All submissions must have a clear and obvious relationship to some specific aspect of the source text (a character, episode, or setting). Submissions only related by a vague, general, thematic similarity are unlikely to be accepted.

We are open to submissions which relate to Shirley Jackson’s 1962 book We Have Always Lived In the Castle

Lighthouse Works Fellowship January 1 Fishers Island Y


The Lillian E. Smith Writer-In-Service Award

Nov 1

The Lillian E. Smith Center sponsors the annual Writer-in-Service Award, which includes a two-week residency at the Center, a $500 honorarium, and a $500 travel allowance. Applications are usually accepted from November through mid-January, with the winner named in late February. The Award is open to U.S. residents working to advance writing through public service careers or volunteer work. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, arts education, literacy instruction, prison arts and education, English as a second language instruction, art-related therapies, etc. While the work of writing instructors and volunteers is vital to the community, the demands often limit personal writing time. This award provides an opportunity for those writers who, like Lillian E. Smith, recognize “the power of the arts to transform the lives of all human beings.”

The SLF $500 Older Writers Grant

January 1

SLF $500 Older Writers Grant


is awarded annually to a writer who is fifty years of age or older at the time of grant application, and is intended to assist such writers who are just starting to work at a professional level. We are currently offering two $500 grants annually, to be used as each writer determines will best assist his or her work.

This grant will be awarded by a committee of SLF staff members on the basis of merit. Factors considered will include:

  • a short (less than 500 words) autobiographical statement, describing the writer and his/her work thus far; be sure to include date of birth
  • a writing sample (up to 10 pages of poetry, 10 pages of drama, or 5,000 words of fiction or creative nonfiction — if sending a segment of a novel, novella, or novelette, please include a one-page synopsis as well)
  • a bibliography of previously-published work by the author (no more than one page, typed); applicants need not have previous publications to apply

If awarded the grant, the recipient agrees to provide a brief excerpt from their work, and an autobiographical statement describing themselves and their writing (500-1000 words) for our files, and for possible public dissemination on our website.

PLEASE NOTE: This grant, as with all SLF grants, is intended to help writers working with speculative literature. If you’re not sure what areas that term encompasses, we recommend referencing our FAQ (question #2).

Older Writers Grant Application Procedures

Norton Island Residency Program for artists, composers, and writers: July 6-17

Application deadline 03-01-2017 Located in Maine’s northerly “Downeast,” halfway between Mount Desert National Park and Campobello Island, one mile into the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll find a 150-acre island hosting a one-of-a-kind artist residency program. In 2000, the Norton Island Residency Program, under the leadership of the Eastern Frontier Education Foundation, was founded as a nonprofit […]


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Fire Island National Park – New York

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