Cuttyhunk Island Writers’ Residency

The Cuttyhunk Island Writers’ Residency for fiction writers will be held from September 16 to 23 and October 2 to 9 at the Avalon Inn on Cuttyhunk Island, seven nautical miles off the coast of southeastern Massachusetts. The residency offers workshops, readings, nightly salons, and time to write. The faculty includes fiction writer Karen Thompson Walker. The cost of the residency, which includes lodging, workshops, meals, and round-trip transportation on the ferry from New Bedford, Massachusetts, ranges from $950 to $1,900 depending on lodging.

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RESIDENCY
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Event Date: 
September 16, 2020
Rolling Admissions: 
no
Application Deadline: 
March 1, 2020
Financial Aid?: 
yes
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
March 1, 2020
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Cuttyhunk Island Writers’ Residency, 4 Cemetery Road, Cuttyhunk, MA 02713. Ben Shattuck, Director.

Ben Shattuck
Director
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Cuttyhunk
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MA
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Upcoming Contest Deadlines

As we enter the last month of 2019, the time is right to submit to contests with a deadline of December 15. These poetry, fiction, and nonfiction awards include opportunities to attend a residency in upstate New York and to have your work reviewed by a literary agency. Most offer a prize of $1,000 or more. 

Center for Book Arts Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition: A prize of $500 and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive an additional $500 to give a reading with the contest judge at the Center for Book Arts in New York City in fall 2020, and a weeklong residency at the Winter Shakers program at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York. Entry fee: $30.

Commonwealth Club of California Book Awards: Five prizes are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, a first book of fiction, a book of creative nonfiction, and a book of fiction or nonfiction that relates to California published during the previous year. Books written by authors residing in California are eligible. Entry fee: none.

F(r)iction Short Story Contest: A prize of $1,000 is given three times a year for a short story. Entry fee: $15.

LitMag Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction: A prize of $3,500 and publication in LitMag is given annually for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 will also be given. The winners will have their work reviewed by Sobel Weber Associates literary agency. The editors will judge. Entry fee: $20. 

Mid-American Review Poetry and Fiction Contests: Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mid-American Review are given annually for a poem (the James Wright Poetry Award) and a short story (the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award). Entry fee: $10. 

Silverfish Review Press Gerald Cable Book Award: A prize of $1,000, publication by Silverfish Review Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a first poetry collection. Entry fee: $25, which includes a copy of the winning book.

Willow Books Literature Awards: Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of creative nonfiction by writers of color. Entry fee: $25.

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.

Nelson Algren Short Story Award

Chicago Tribune
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
February 17, 2020

A prize of $3,500 is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 8,000 words by February 17. There is no entry fee. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

American Short(er) Fiction Prize

American Short Fiction
Entry Fee: 
$17
Deadline: 
February 1, 2020

A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a piece of flash fiction. Deb Olin Unferth will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three stories of no more than 1,000 words each with a $17 entry fee by February 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Award Series

Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
February 29, 2020
Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a novel and a book of creative nonfiction. For the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages; University of Pittsburgh Press will publish the winning collection. For the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages; University of Massachusetts Press will publish the winning collection. For the AWP Prize for the Novel, submit a manuscript of at least 60,000 words; New Issues Press will publish the winning novel. For the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction, submit an essay collection or memoir of 150 to 300 pages; University of Georgia Press will publish the winning book. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript with a $30 entry fee ($20 for AWP members) by February 29. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Big Moose Prize

Black Lawrence Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
January 31, 2020

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The contest is open to traditional novels “as well as novels-in-stories, novels-in-poems, or other hybrid forms that contain within them the spirit of a novel.” The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 90 to 1,000 pages with a $25 entry fee by January 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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Book Awards

Binghamton University
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
February 1, 2020

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry collection of at least 48 pages. The John Gardner Fiction Book Award is given for a novel or a short story collection. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of books published in 2019 by February 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Caine Prize for African Writing

Caine Prize for African Writing
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
January 31, 2020

A prize of £10,000 (approximately $12,600) is given annually for a previously published short story by an African writer. Shortlisted candidates will receive £500 (approximately $550). Writers who were born in Africa, who are African residents, or who have a parent who is African by birth or nationality are eligible. The winner and shortlisted writers will be invited to participate in workshops in Africa and London. Publishers may submit six copies of a story between 3,000 and 10,000 words published after January 31, 2015, via postal mail by January 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award

Southern Illinois University
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
February 8, 2020

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction published in the previous year. Each winner will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to give a reading at the Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Authors or publishers may submit a poetry collection, novel, novella, short story or essay collection, or memoir published in 2019 along with a brief author bio, including publication history, and a $30 entry fee by February 8. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Iowa Review Awards

Iowa Review
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
January 31, 2020
Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Stephanie Burt will judge in poetry, Lan Samantha Chang will judge in fiction, and Leslie Jamison will judge in nonfiction. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 10 pages of poetry or up to 25 pages of prose with a $20 entry fee by January 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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