Dobie Paisano Fellowships

University of Texas
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
January 15, 2021

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 fo

Writing Awards

Sustainable Arts Foundation
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
February 26, 2021
Up to twenty awards of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one child under the age of 18 are eligible. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 10 poems totaling no more than 15 pages or up to 15 pages of prose with a biography, an artist statement, and a $20 entry fee by February 26. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Writing Prizes

Crazyhorse
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
January 31, 2021
Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems or a story or essay of up to 25 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Crazyhorse, by January 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

New Millennium Writing Awards

New Millennium Writings
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
January 31, 2021
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a work of flash fiction, and a work of creative nonfiction. Previously unpublished works or works that have appeared in a journal with a circulation of under 5,000 are eligible. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages, a work of fiction or creative nonfiction of up to 7,499 words, or a work of flash fiction of up to 1,000 words with a $20 entry fee by January 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature

Schaffner Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
January 31, 2021

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that “deals in some way with the subject of music and its influence.” Submit a poetry collection of at least 48 pages, a short story collection, novel, memoir, or essay collection of 60,000 to 100,000 words with a $25 entry fee by January 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Philip Roth Residencies

Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
February 1, 2021
Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts at Bucknell University are given annually to fiction and nonfiction writers working on a first or second book. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 20 pages of prose, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation by February 1. There is no application fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Prizes in Poetry and Prose

Slippery Elm
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
February 1, 2021
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or up to 5,000 words of prose with a $15 entry fee, which includes an issue of Slippery Elm, by February 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition

North Carolina Writers’ Network
Entry Fee: 
$12
Deadline: 
January 15, 2021
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. Submit an essay up to 2,000 words (two copies if by postal mail) with a $12 entry fee ($10 for NCWN members) by January 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Short Memoir Prize

Fish Publishing
Entry Fee: 
$21
Deadline: 
January 31, 2021
A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,170) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short memoir. The winner is also invited to give a reading at the West Cork Literary Festival in July 2021. Blake Morrison will judge. Submit a memoir of up to 4,000 words with a €18 (approximately $21) entry fee for online entries or €20 (approximately $23) entry fee for postal entries by January 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literary Arts Fellowships

Alabama State Council on the Arts
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
March 1, 2021
Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Submit 10 to 20 pages of poetry or prose, a résumé, and a list of publications by March 1. There is no application fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

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