Creative Nonfiction Grants

Whiting Foundation
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
April 19, 2021
Up to eight grants of $40,000 each are given annually for creative nonfiction works-in-progress to enable writers to complete their books. Creative nonfiction writers under contract with a publisher as of April 19 are eligible. Submit up to 25,000 words of the book-in-progress, the original proposal to publishers that led to the contract, a signed contract, a statement of progress, a résumé, and two letters of support by April 19. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Editors’ Awards

Florida Review
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
April 15, 2021
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three to five poems or up to 25 pages of prose with a $25 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Florida Review, by April 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Emerging Writer’s Contest

Ploughshares
Entry Fee: 
$24
Deadline: 
May 15, 2021
Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Ploughshares are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Each winner also receives a consultation with the literary agency Aevitas Creative Management. Writers who have not published a book or a chapbook with a print run over 300 are eligible. Paige Lewis will judge in poetry, Kiley Reid will judge in fiction, and Paul Lisicky will judge in nonfiction. Submit three to five pages of poetry or up to 6,000 words of fiction or nonfiction with a $24 entry fee (there is no entry fee for current subscribers), which includes a subscription to Ploughshares, by May 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Arts & Letters Prizes

Arts & Letters
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
March 31, 2021
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Romeo Oriogun will judge in poetry, Novuyo Tshuma will judge in fiction, and Kristi Coulter will judge in nonfiction. Using only the online submission system, submit up to four poems or up to 25 pages of prose with a $20 entry fee by March 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Chapbook Contest

DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
April 30, 2021
A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or hybrid-genre work. Ander Monson will judge. Submit a manuscript of 18 to 44 pages with a $20 entry fee by April 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Chautauqua Janus Prize

Chautauqua Institution
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
March 31, 2021
A prize of $5,000 and publication in Chautauqua is given annually for a single work of fiction or nonfiction by an emerging writer. The winner will also give a lecture during the summer 2021 season of the Chautauqua Institution. Writers who have not published a book of up to 15,000 words totaling no more than 100 pages in any prose genre are eligible. Submissions may consist of unpublished work or work published no earlier than April 2020. Submit a manuscript of up to 15,000 words totaling no more than 100 pages with a $20 entry fee by March 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow offers residencies of one week to three months year-round to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers at a former bed-and-breakfast in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, in the heart of the Ozarks. Residents are provided with a private room, work space, and meals. The cost of the residency is $85 per day. An additional $25 flat-rate cleaning fee is charged. Submit a writing sample of up to 10 pages, a one-page project description, and a résumé with a $35 application fee. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Type: 
RESIDENCY
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
yes
Event Date: 
June 13, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
yes
Application Deadline: 
June 13, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
June 13, 2021
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, 515 Spring Street, Eureka Springs, AR, 72632. (479) 253-7444. 

Contact City: 
Eureka Springs
Contact State: 
AR
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
72632
Country: 
US

Studio Faire

Studio Faire offers one- to four-week residencies between March and October to artists including poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators at a mansion in Nérac, France. The residency accommodates three artists at a time. Residents are provided with a private work space and bedroom, and use of a shared kitchen, dining room, bathroom, and multiple gardens. The space is a ten-minute walk to shops, cafés, and bars, as well as a weekly farmer’s market, library, theater, music hall, cinema, and the Château de Nérac castle and riverside walk.

Type: 
RESIDENCY
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
yes
Event Date: 
June 13, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
yes
Application Deadline: 
June 13, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
June 13, 2021
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Studio Faire, 58 Avenue Georges, Clemenceau, 47600, Nérac, France. Julia Douglas, Cofounder and Residency Coordinator.

Julia Douglas
Cofounder and Residency Coordinator
Contact City: 
Nérac
Country: 
FR
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Studio Faire garden

Catamaran Writing Conference

The 2021 Catamaran Writing Conference will be held from July 25 to July 29 at the Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, California. The conference will also offer virtual enrollment for remote participants. The conference features workshops, craft talks, and daily excursions for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. The faculty includes poets Susan Browne and Joseph Millar; fiction writers Karen Joy Fowler, Lisa Fugard, Elizabeth McKenzie, and Josip Novakovich; and creative nonfiction writers Charles Hood and Dan White.

Type: 
CONFERENCE
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
no
Event Date: 
July 25, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
yes
Application Deadline: 
June 13, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
June 13, 2021
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Catamaran Writing Conference, Catamaran, 1050 River Street, Studio 118, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. 

Photo Credit: Brad Sharek

Contact City: 
Pebble Beach
Contact State: 
CA
Country: 
US
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Disquiet Prize Accepting Submissions

Submissions are now open for the 2021 Disquiet Prize. Sponsored by the Disquiet International Literary Program, an annual writers workshop held in Lisbon, the prize awards three fellowships for tuition to writers working in the genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction; a grand prize winner will additionally receive a travel stipend and housing in Lisbon for the duration of the workshop. In the event that public health conditions prohibit the conference from being held in 2021, winners will be offered the option to defer their fellowships to a future year or to accept an alternative cash prize of $1,000. All three fellows will also receive publication. The winning poet’s work will appear in the Common, and the work of the winning fiction writer and nonfiction writer will be published on the Granta and Ninth Letter websites respectively.

Submit up to six poems, totaling up 10 pages, or one story, novel excerpt, or essay of up to 25 pages with a $15 entry fee by January 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Established in 2010, the Disquiet International Literary Program “aims to deepen mutual understanding among writers from North America and writers from Portugal” and takes its name from Lisbon poet Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet. A decision about whether or not the conference will proceed in 2021 will be announced on the workshop’s website in February.

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