Wordplay

The 2021 Wordplay festival will be held online from May 2 to May 8. The festival features three sessions each day: a morning session of programming for children and young adults, an afternoon session on international literature and writing in translation, and an evening session featuring conversations with poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers. Participating writers include fiction writers Yaa Gyasi, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Dean Koontz. The festival is free and open to the public, with add-ons such as facilitated discussions for select events available starting at $35.

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FESTIVAL
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no
Event Date: 
May 2, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
ignore
Application Deadline: 
April 21, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
April 21, 2021
Free Admission: 
yes
Contact Information: 

Wordplay, Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Avenue, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Steph Opitz, Festival Director.

Steph Opitz
Festival Director
Contact City: 
Online
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
55415

Napa Valley Writers’ Conference

The 40th annual Napa Valley Writers’ Conference will be held from August 1 to August 6 on the main campus of Napa Valley College, in Napa, California. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and translation, as well as craft lectures, panels, and evening readings with wine receptions. The faculty includes poets Victoria Chang, Brenda Hillman, Brian Teare, and Matthew Zapruder; fiction writers Charles Baxter, Lan Samantha Chang, Joan Silber, and ZZ Packer; and poet and translator Robert Hass.

Type: 
CONFERENCE
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no
Event Date: 
August 1, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
no
Application Deadline: 
May 3, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
yes
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
May 3, 2021
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, CA 94558.

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Napa
Contact State: 
CA
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
94558
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US

In Cahoots Residency

In Cahoots offers residencies of one, two, or four weeks year-round to poets, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, and translators in Petaluma, California, in scenic Sonoma County. Residents are provided with individual cottages with a private kitchen and bathroom and an additional private studio for writing. The cost of the residency is $700 for one week, $1,200 for two weeks, or $2,200 for four weeks. Grants and partial grants are available.

Type: 
RESIDENCY
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yes
Event Date: 
April 21, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
no
Application Deadline: 
June 1, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
April 21, 2021
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

In Cahoots Residency, 198 Liberty Road, Petaluma, CA 94952. Macy Chadwick, Founder and Director.

Macy Chadwick
Founder and Director
Contact City: 
Petaluma
Contact State: 
CA
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
94952
Country: 
US

Literary Translation Clinic: Sora Kim-Russell

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In this Center for Fiction virtual event, Sora Kim-Russell, editor and Korean literature translator, joins Alex Zucker for a conversation about revision, editing, and co-translation. The center’s Literary Translation Clinics are a monthly series of knowledge-sharing open sessions with a focus on literary translation as a profession hosted by members of the translator collective, Cedilla & Co.

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Art Omi Writers Residency

Residencies of one week to two months are offered to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators from late March through early June and from early September through early November at Omi International Arts Center, situated on 300 acres in the Hudson River Valley town of Ghent, New York. Approximately ten writers can be accommodated during each session. The residencies include private lodging, meals, and opportunities to meet with New York City publishing professionals.

Type: 
RESIDENCY
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
yes
Event Date: 
April 21, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
ignore
Application Deadline: 
April 21, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
April 21, 2021
Free Admission: 
yes
Contact Information: 

Art Omi Writers Residency, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075. (518) 392-4747. (212) 206-6027. D. W. Gibson, Contact.

D. W. Gibson
Contact City: 
Ghent
Contact State: 
NY
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
12075
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Upcoming Contest Deadlines

It is fitting that during the most romantic month of the year, contest opportunities abound for poets! With deadlines of either February 14 or February 15, these awards include opportunities for both English language poetry and poetry in translation. There are also two contests for prose writers. All offer a cash prize of $1,000 or more.

Academy of American Poets Ambroggio Prize: A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Arizona Press is given annually for a book of poetry originally written in Spanish by a living writer and translated into English. The poet and translator will split the prize. Rigoberto González will judge. Deadline: February 15. Entry fee: none.

Academy of American Poets Harold Morton Landon Translation Award: A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry translated from any language into English and published in the United States during the previous year. Indran Amirthanayagam will judge. Deadline: February 15. Entry fee: none.

Academy of American Poets Raiziss/De Palchi Fellowship: A fellowship of $25,000 is given biennially for the translation into English of a work of modern Italian poetry. Moira Egan, Rebecca Falkoff, and Graziella Sidoli will judge. Deadline: February 15. Entry fee: none.

Arrowsmith Press Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry: A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a poetry collection published in English by a writer who is not a resident of the United States. The winner will also receive an invitation to read at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre in Boston; a one-week residency at poet Derek Walcott’s home in St. Lucia or in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, in conjunction with the annual Walcott Festival; and the publication of a limited-edition broadside of their work by Arrowsmith Press. Poets who are living in the United States as green card holders are eligible. Poets whose work appears in translation into English are also eligible. Major Jackson will judge. Deadline: February 15. Entry fee: $20.

Hippocrates Prizes for Poetry and Medicine: A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,260) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and on the Hippocrates website is given annually for a single poem on a medical theme. A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,260) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and on the website is also given for a single poem on a medical theme written by a health professional. Anne Barnard, Keki N. Daruwalla, Anna Jackson, and Neena Modi will judge. Deadline: February 14. Entry fee: $10 ($15 for postal submissions).

Milkweed Editions Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry: A prize of $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet currently residing in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. Deadline: February 15. Entry fee: none.

Sarabande Books Morton and McCarthy Prizes: Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. Victoria Chang will judge in poetry and Danielle Evans will judge in fiction. Deadline: February 15. Entry fee: $29.

Salem State University Claire Keyes Poetry Award: A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East is given annually for a group of poems. Afaa Michael Weaver will judge. Deadline: February 15. Entry fee: $10 (or $15 to receive a copy of the magazine).

Syracuse University Press Veterans Writing Award: A prize of $1,000 and publication by Syracuse University Press is given biennially for a novel or short story collection by a U.S. veteran, active duty personnel in any branch of the U.S. military, or the immediate family member of a veteran or active duty personnel. Phil Klay will judge. Deadline: February 15. Entry fee: none.

Visit the contest websites for complete guidelines, and check out the Grants & Awards database and Submission Calendar for more contests in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry

Arrowsmith Press
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
February 15, 2021

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a poetry collection published in English by a writer who is not a resident of the United States.

Long Island University

MFA Program
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Translation, Cross-Genre
Brooklyn, NY
Application Deadline: 
Mon, 02/15/2021
Application Fee: 
$50
Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Brooklyn Paramount, Downtown Brooklyn: A Journal of Writing, visceral brooklyn

Upcoming Contest Deadlines

Resolving to carve out more time for your creative practice in 2021? Ring in the new year by submitting to writing contests. With deadlines of either January 14 or January 15, these awards include two residencies earmarked for Texas writers, as well as an opportunity for a nonfiction writer to spend creative time in a desert environment. All offer a cash prize of $500 or more.

Asheville Poetry Review William Matthews Poetry Prize: A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina. Quincy Troupe will judge. All entries are considered for publication. Deadline: January 15. Entry fee: $20.

Australian Book Review Calibre Essay Prize: A prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $3,807) is given annually for an essay. A second-place prize of $2,500 AUD (approximately $1,903) will also be given. The winners will be published in Australian Book Review. Sheila Fitzpatrick, Billy Griffiths, and Peter Rose will judge. Deadline: January 15. Entry fee: $25 AUD (approximately $19).

Autumn House Press Rising Writer Prizes: Two prizes of $500 each and publication by Autumn House Press will be given annually for a debut poetry collection and a debut book of fiction by writers who are 36 years old or younger. The winners will each also receive a $500 grant for travel and book promotion. Matthew Dickman will judge in poetry and Maryse Meijer will judge in fiction. All finalists will be considered for publication. Deadline: January 15. Entry fee: $25.

Burnside Review Press Book Award: A prize of $1,000, publication by Burnside Review Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Jennifer Chang will judge. Deadline: January 15. Entry fee: $25 (includes one title from the press’s catalogue).

Colorado Review Colorado Prize for Poetry: A prize of $2,000 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. Sherwin Bitsui will judge. Deadline: January 14. Entry fee: $28 (includes subscription).

Ellen Meloy Fund Desert Writers Award: A prize of $5,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer “whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Ellen Meloy’s writing” to spend creative time in a desert environment. Deadline: January 15. Entry fee: $15.

French-American Foundation Translation Prizes: Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. A jury of translators and literary professionals will judge. Deadline: January 15. Entry fee: none.

New American Press Poetry Prize: A prize of $1,500, publication by New American Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Quan Barry will judge. Deadline: January 15. Entry fee: $20.

North Carolina Writers’ Network Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition: A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an essay “that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians.” The winning essay will also be considered for publication in Ecotone. Destiny O. Birdsong will judge. Deadline: January 15. Entry fee: $12 ($10 for NCWN members).

Poetry Society of Virginia North American Book Award: A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a book of poetry published during the previous year. The winner will be invited to read at the spring festival of Poetry Society of Virginia in May 2021. Self-published books and books that have previously received any other awards are ineligible. Luisa Igloria will judge. Deadline: January 15. Entry fee: $35 ($25 for Poetry Society of Virginia members).

University of Texas Dobie Paisano Fellowships: Two residencies, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, at a rural retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, who have lived in Texas for at least three years, or who have published significant work with a Texas subject. The six-month Jesse H. Jones Writing Fellowship is given to a writer in any stage of their career and includes a grant of $18,000. The four-month Ralph A. Johnston Memorial Fellowship is given to a writer who has demonstrated “publishing and critical success” and includes a grant of $24,000. Deadline: January 15. Entry fee: $20 ($30 to enter both competitions).

Visit the contest websites for complete guidelines, and check out the Grants & Awards database and Submission Calendar for more contests in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

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