Opportunities Too

It was getting a bit busy so I decided to start fresh. However, I recommend visiting the original page for publisher, contest, award, project etc. information and for some tips/advice on submitting/applying. This includes information re protecting your work – links to articles like this one. I won’t repeat it all here but it’s still relevant.

This page will be dedicated to upcoming deadlines and fresh content will be added (and stale content removed) as time goes on. As a reminder, I research a lot of contests and markets because I submit to a lot of contests and markets, including some of these; I’m sharing because hopefully you’ll go for yours too.  Further reminder: I try to do research before posting and do so in good faith; still, I can’t vouch for them. These are just shares; Wadadli Pen aside, I have no stake in anything posted here and will bear no responsibility for whatever happens when/if you choose to engage with any of them. I’ve made it easier by grouping them here, but do your homework.


January 31st 2017 – Afriasout! (Visual) Artist residency – six weeks in September to October 2017. Go here for details.

February 1st 2017 – the American Philosophical Association is inviting submissions for its short story competition focused on Philosophy through Fiction. The winner of the competition will receive US$500 and publication in Sci Phi Journal. Eligible stories must be some form of speculative fiction and must explore some philosophical idea. There is no restriction on which philosophical ideas you explore. Details here.

February 1st 2017 – the Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers supports emerging Black fiction writers and poets enrolled full-time in graduate and undergraduate programmes (including low residency MFA programmes but NOT online only programmes) in the US. You’re not eligible if you’ve published a book, through any platform. Submissions must be original and unpublished. More details here.

February 1st 2017 – CutBank is now accepting, for its print version, poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction submissions. Submit online only. Here’s where you go.

February 2nd 2017 – the U.S. Embassy is seeking proposals for the 2017 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation from Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Dominica; Grenada; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It funds preservation of cultural sites (such as, but not limited to, historic buildings and archaeological sites), cultural objects and collections (from a museum, site, or similar institution, including but not limited to, archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, and general museum conservation needs), or forms of traditional cultural expression (such as traditional music, indigenous languages, and crafts). Applicants must be non-commercial entities, and be able to demonstrate the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage. All eligible applicants must submit their proposals via email to bridgetowngrants@state.gov For more information on the program and creating a valid proposal, visit here.

February 6th 2017 – the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize’s annual Challenge is open to Antiguans and Barbudans 35 years and younger. Details here.


Wadadli Pen patron rep Glen Toussaint of Best of Books with Wadadli Pen intern and past finalist Michaela Harris – a presentation of books – just a small part of the prizes to be allocated to winners.


February 15th 2017 – Breadloaf workshops offer financial aid and fellowships. Read more.

March 1st 2017 – ‘This is Who We are’ poetry contest poetry-contest-flyer

March 1st 2017 – Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize. US$1000 purse, US$20 submission fee. Details here.

May 31st 2017 – AGNI publishes poetry, short fiction, and essays. Read more.

May 31st 2017 – One Story is seeking literary fiction between 3,000 and 8,000 words, any style and on any subject as long as they are leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone. Read more.

May 31st 2017 – Grain Magazine, an internationally acclaimed literary journal that publishes engaging, surprising, eclectic, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists, is open for submissions between September and May ONLY. Get in there. Details here.

June 15th 2017 – Fiction’s reading period is open between September 15 and June 15, and advising no more than 5,000 words (but will read manuscripts of any length) – per the title, they don’t publish poetry. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged but do advise them if one of the pieces is accepted elsewhere. Submit by online submission manager or snail mail (only) but queries re the status of submissions or to withdraw a submission can be sent to fictionmageditors@gmail.com They do not accept submissions by email. See other guidelines here.

Date unknown – this one’s direct from the Wadadli Pen mailbox. Mr. Philippe Monfiston reached out to ask us to share with you his call for submissions.  He wrote: “My idea is to gather poems for two international anthologies, similar to This Same Sky, but with both the official language(s) and English translation from as many countries as I can receive submissions, two poems per country. The poets will be at least 10 years old and previously unpublished. The first anthology (tentatively titled My Wish for You) will be based on the Sustainable Development Goals. Participants will choose a goal and use it to write about an issue that matters most to them, a poem that describes the world they wish to see; if the issue they find most important is not one of the 17, they are free to base their poem upon it instead. The second anthology (tentatively titled We Speak Light) is about the recent terrorist attacks and discrimination in Europe and elsewhere around the world. I thought poets could express their solidarity, speaking out against terrorism and racism, voicing fears, hopes, and concerns, etc. Even if certain countries have not experienced terrorism exactly, I wanted them to have a means to express their reactions, e.g. to structural violence or discrimination as fits their experience.” He requires that those submitting be 10 years or older (teachers do you see the possibility of setting this as a class activity?) and previously unpublished; that they specify in which anthology, they wish for their poem to be included (Those submitting to My Wish for You should indicate which S.D.G. their poem addresses or reflects). Participants are free to submit to both anthologies. Poems can be submitted in English and Mother Tongue with an English translation if other than English (for us, this means we can submit in English and Antiguan (the latter with an English translation). When submitting, indicate where you’re submitting from (country, city). Submissions can be emailed to  global.anthologies@gmail.com or sent as hard copies via snail mail (use the email address to inquire about the snail mail option if you need to). It goes without saying that submissions will go through a review and selection process, and not every submission will be picked. Don’t let that stop you if you want to do it, and don’t be discouraged if you don’t make the cut (I guarantee you your favourite writer has also suffered rejection). If you are selected, there will be terms of use and consent forms and other things to review, agree to and sign on to (if you’re happy with what’s being offered and wish to proceed) in due course – details not available as yet. Re compensation, that seems to be up to what arrangement can be worked out with the publishers – so details on that also not yet available. I wasn’t given a deadline but no time like the present, right?

As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Fish Outta Water, Musical Youth, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, and forthcoming With Grace; also a freelance writer, editor, writing coach and workshop facilitator). Excerpting, reblogging, linking etc. is fine, but PLEASE do not lift ANY content (images or text) wholesale from this site without asking first and crediting the creator of that work and/or copyright holder. All Rights Reserved. If you like the content here follow or recommend the blog, also, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. Thank you.

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One response to “Opportunities Too

  1. Reblogged this on Wadadli Pen and commented:

    Don’t miss the early April submissions periods…I won’t be.

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