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
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.
SCHOLARSHIP: Teachers & Librarians
Ends on June 15, 2017
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.
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.
Prose – Stormé DeLarverie Writing Residency Louisville, KY / Boone, NC
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have.
Blue Mountain Center
Richard J. Margolis Award
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
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
NEW JERSEY ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS
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.
Entries must be 4,000 words or less.
Your name and contact information must NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.
Filling out Submittable’s “cover letter” field is unnecessary.
Friends, family, and students (within the past three years) of the judge, Roy Hoffman, should not submit to this contest.
Submitting multiple works is fine with a separate entry and fee for each.
Entries must be previously unpublished to be considered.
Simultaneous submissions are permitted; please withdraw your work through Submittable if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.
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.
January 1 – Application Hippocamp Scholarship
Upstate New York Residency – Apply October 1 or March 1
For more information, please email or call our Residency Director Calliope Nicholas at email@example.com 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 ParksandPoints.com, 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
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
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.
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
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.
- *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 www.alligatorjuniper.org (fee) or by regular mail (gratis) beginning August 15.
- No email submissions will be accepted.
- Note: We usually inform in January.
ARCADIA PRESS CHAPBOOK PRIZES
FICTION, POETRY, AND NONFICTION
AUGUST 1 – NOVEMBER 30
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,
NBR #15: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Ends on October 31, 2017
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
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
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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