Upcoming Contest Deadlines


As the Olympics kick off, seek out some worthy competition of your own. Opportunities abound for poets, fiction writers, and nonfictions writers in these nine contests with deadlines of July 31. All award a cash prize of $1,000 or more and many award publication. Good luck, writers!

Howling Bird Press Book Contest—A prize of $2,500 and publication by Howling Bird Press is given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The 2022 prize will be awarded in fiction. Novels, novellas, and story collections are eligible. Entry fee: $25.

Mudfish Poetry Prize—A prize of $1,200 and publication in Mudfish is given annually for a single poem. Marie Howe will judge. All entries are considered for publication. Entry fee: $20 ($3 for each additional poem).

Munster Literature Center Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition— A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,382) and publication in Southword is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Anam Cara Writer’s Retreat in West Cork and accommodation at the Cork International Short Story Festival. Simon Van Booy will judge. Entry fee: €18 (approximately $21).

Narrative Spring Story Contest—A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also awarded. The editors will judge. Entry fee: $27.

New Millennium Writings Writing Awards—Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal’s website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay that have not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. All entries are considered for publication. Entry fee: $20.

Prairie Heritage, Inc. Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award—A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a published book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction that “illuminates the heritage of North America’s mid-continental prairies.” Authors, publishers, and the general public may submit two copies of a book published between 2017 and 2020. Entry fee: None. 

Press 53 Award for Poetry—A prize of $1,000, publication by Press 53, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Tom Lombardo will judge. Entry fee: $30.

Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize—A prize of $1,000 and publication in Red Wheelbarrow is given annually for a single poem. The winner will also receive 20 copies of a letterpress broadside of the winning poem, printed by Felicia Rice at Moving Parts Press. Mark Doty will judge. All entries are considered for publication. Entry fee: $15.

Sewanee Review Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction Contest—Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sewanee Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Paisley Rekdal will judge in poetry, Brandon Taylor will judge in fiction, and Stephanie Danler will judge in nonfiction. Entry fee: $30 entry fee (includes a subscription to Sewanee Review). 

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.

Teachers

7.22.21

In an interview in the September/October 2013 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, Jordan Pavlin, who was recently promoted to editor in chief at Knopf, speaks about how “there are often two essential people in the life of a passionate reader: a great local librarian and a brilliant, inspiring high school English teacher.” Did you have an English teacher who inspired you to become the writer you are today? Write an essay discussing the influence a teacher or mentor had on the books you read and the early stages of your writing.

Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers

The 34th annual Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers was held from July 12 to July 18 at the Wallowa Lake Lodge in Wallowa Lake, Oregon. The program featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as panel discussions, craft talks, and readings. The theme for the 2021 conference was “Resilience” and featured a keynote from nonfiction writer Craig Childs. The faculty included poets Anis Mojgani and Frank X Walker; fiction writers Beth Piatote, Sharma Shields, and Leni Zumas; nonfiction writer Amy Irvine; and fiction and nonfiction writer Joe Wilkins.

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CONFERENCE
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
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Event Date: 
July 25, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
yes
Application Deadline: 
July 25, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
July 25, 2021
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers, P.O. Box 38, Enterprise, OR 97828. (541) 426-3623. 

Contact City: 
Wallowa Lake
Contact State: 
OR
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
97828
Country: 
US

Tusen Takk Foundation

The Tusen Takk Foundation offers residencies of three to eight weeks from March to December to poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers at the modern Tusen Takk guesthouse on an isolated peninsula on Lake Michigan, approximately 25 miles from Traverse City, Michigan, in the northwest region of the state. Residents attend one at a time and are provided with private lodging including a kitchen, living area, and two bedrooms, as well as round-the-clock access to attached studio space and the Tusen Takk Foundation library.

Type: 
RESIDENCY
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
yes
Event Date: 
July 25, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
no
Application Deadline: 
August 1, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
July 25, 2021
Free Admission: 
yes
Contact Information: 

Tusen Takk Foundation, 5560 Leland Woods Drive, Leland, MI 49654. (231) 224-6580. Maggie Pavao, Assistant Director.

Maggie Pavao
Assistant Director/Managing
Contact City: 
Leland
Contact State: 
MI
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
49654
Country: 
US

Anne LaBastille Memorial Writers Residency

The Adirondack Center for Writing offers a residency from October 2 to October 16 to six poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers at a lodge on Twitchell Lake in the Adirondack Mountains in New York. Residents are provided with a private room, private bathroom, work space, and all meals. There is no cost to attend the residency, but residents are responsible for travel expenses to and from Twitchell Lake. For 2021 residencies, using only the online submission system, writers submitted a writing sample of up to 10 pages with a $30 application fee between July 1 and July 15.

Type: 
RESIDENCY
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
no
Event Date: 
October 2, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
ignore
Application Deadline: 
July 25, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
July 25, 2021
Free Admission: 
yes
Contact Information: 

Anne LaBastille Memorial Writers Residency, Adirondack Center for Writing, P.O. Box 956, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. (518) 354-1261.

Nathalie Thill
Executive Director
Contact City: 
Twitchell Lake
Contact State: 
NY
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
12983
Country: 
US
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Loghaven Artist Residency

Loghaven offers residencies of two to eight weeks year-round to poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers in five rehabilitated historic log cabins and newly-built facilities on surrounding grounds in Knoxville, Tennessee. The residency is free and includes a $1,000 weekly stipend for supplies and expenses, a travel subsidy between $400 and $800, and up to $200 in reimbursement for materials shipping.

Type: 
RESIDENCY
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
no
Rolling Admissions: 
ignore
Application Deadline: 
July 25, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
July 25, 2021
Free Admission: 
yes
Contact Information: 

Loghaven Artist Residency, 1001 Loghaven Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920.  Sarah Swinford, Director.

Sarah Swinford
Director
Contact City: 
Knoxville
Contact State: 
TN
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
37920
Country: 
US

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