Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature

Schaffner Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
January 31, 2020

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 approximately 60 pages, a short story collection of 50,000 to 80,000 words, or a novel, memoir, or essay collection of 75,000 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, 2020

Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given annually to fiction and nonfiction writers working on a first or second book. Writers over the age of 21 who are not enrolled in a college or university are eligible. 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.

Individual Artist Grants for Women

Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
January 31, 2020

Grants of up to $1,500 each are given in alternating years to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants will be awarded to fiction writers and mixed genre writers working in text and image. Using only the online submission system, submit a sample of 10 to 15 pages of fiction or text and images, a statement regarding interest in receiving support from a feminist fund, a project description, a budget, and a résumé with a $25 application fee by January 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Journal Non/Fiction Collection Prize

Mad Creek Books
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
March 1, 2020

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Mad Creek Books, the trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a collection of short prose. Michelle Herman will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a collection of short stories, essays, or novellas (or a combination thereof ) of 150 to 350 pages with a $25 entry fee, which includes a subscription to the Journal, from February 1 to March 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literary Artist Fellowships

Mississippi Arts Commission
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
March 1, 2020

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in poetry and fiction. Applicants must be permanent residents of Mississippi at the time of application and through the duration of the grant. Students enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program are ineligible. Using only the online submission system, submit 15 to 20 pages of poetry and fiction written in the past three years, a résumé, a brief biography, and a writer’s statement between February 1 and March 1. There is no application fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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Monadnock Essay Collection Prize

Bauhan Publishing
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
January 31, 2020

A prize of $1,000, publication by Bauhan Publishing, and 50 author copies is given annually for an essay collection. Áine Greaney will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50,000 to 60,000 words with a $25 entry fee by January 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

New Millennium Awards

New Millennium Writings
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
January 31, 2020
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. Alexis Williams Carr and Don Williams will judge. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages, a work of fiction or creative nonfiction of up to 6,000 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.

Olive B. O’Connor Fellowships

Colgate University
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
February 15, 2020

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $42,745, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to poets, fiction writers, or nonfiction writers. The 2020-2021 fellowships will be given to a poet and a nonfiction writer working on their first books. Each fellow will teach one creative writing course per semester and give a public reading. Writers who have recently completed an MFA, MA, or PhD in creative writing are eligible. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 20 pages of poetry or 30 pages of prose, a résumé, and three letters of recommendation by February 15. There is no application fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Writing Contest

Winter Anthology
Entry Fee: 
$10
Deadline: 
January 31, 2020

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, or an essay. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 10 pages of poetry or up to 25 pages of prose with a $10 entry fee by January 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Writing Awards

Sustainable Arts Foundation
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
February 28, 2020

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 28. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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