The Opportunities page 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 links to upcoming deadlines (links only because it’s not usual nor practical to post all the details here, also for crediting purposes) 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, residencies and other opportunities because I submit to a lot of contests and markets, residencies and other opportunities, 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 tried to make it easier by grouping them here, but do your homework.
Recurring – Joanne C. Hillhouse’s Jhohadli Writing Project – creative writing, writing for media, written communication, coaching, and more. Participate from anywhere. Go here for JWP details. Note: Throughout 2018 Creative Writing workshops have been running in four week cycles, contact jhohadli at gmail dot com for registration information. Joanne also offers a Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project for teens and pre-teens in Antigua and Barbuda; if you want to be put on the mailing list for this or any JWP/JSYWP, email jhohadli at gmail dot com
September 28th 2018 – Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Read more.
September 29th 2018 – New York Public Library – The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers supports projects that draw on the research collections at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). The Center looks for top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars. Visual artists at work on book projects are also encouraged to apply. The Center aims to promote dynamic conversation about the humanities, social sciences, and scholarship at the highest level—within the Center, in public forums throughout the Library, and in the Fellows’ published work. Read more.
September 30th 2018 – Active Muse call for submissions. Read more.
September 30th 2018 – The Caterpillar Short Story Prize.
September 30th 2018 – The Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award – Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction is eligible to enter the competition. Previously entered manuscripts that have been revised may be resubmitted. Writers are still eligible if they have published a volume of poetry or any work in a language other than English or if they have self-published a work in a small print run. Writers are still eligible if they are living abroad or are non-US citizens writing in English. Current University of Iowa students are not eligible. Award-winning manuscripts will be published by the University of Iowa Press under the Press’s standard contract. No application forms are necessary. Entries for the competition should be postmarked between August 1 and September 30; packages must be postmarked by September 30. Announcement of the winners will be made early in the following year. More.
30th September 2018 – The Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize – offered through the people at Bocas. See details. Application Guidelines and Form: 2019-johnson-and-amoy-prize-guidelines-and-entry-form-FINAL
September 30th 2018 – Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Read more.
October 1st 2018 – PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship. Read more.
October 5th 2018 – Man Booker International Prize. Submission details here.
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October 31st 2018 – Burt Award deadline. The Burt Award, sponsored by CODE, a Canada-based non-profit, is given annually to three English-language literary works for youth created by Caribbean writers, and illustrators. The winning title is awarded $10,000 and the two finalists each receive $2,000. Local Caribbean publishers are granted a guaranteed purchase of a maximum of 2,500 copies. These copies are then distributed to youth in schools, libraries, and community centers across the region. 2019 is the 6th year for this young adult literature award. To date, over 37,000 copies of award-winning YA novels have been distributed throughout the Caribbean to young readers (see these titles here on this site). This literary award and readership initiative recognizes excellence in Caribbean-authored literature for young adults, ages 12 through 18. Eligible manuscripts and books published between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018 must be submitted to the NGC Bocas Lit Fest no later than October 31, 2018. Read more.
October 2018 – USA/Fulbright Masters/PhD Scholarships. Details here.
November 1st 2018 – Commonwealth Short Story Prize – awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000. Translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original Bengali, Chinese, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan and Tamil. The competition is free to enter. Details here.
November 7th 2018 – the International Dylan Thomas Prize. Details here.
November 14th 2018 – OCM Bocas Prize – This is a major award for literary books by Caribbean writers. Books are judged in three categories: poetry; fiction — both novels and collections of short stories; and literary non-fiction — including books of essays, biography and autobiography, history, current affairs, travel, and other genres, which demonstrate literary qualities and use literary techniques, regardless of subject matter. (Note: textbooks, technical books, coffee-table books, specialist publications and reference works are not eligible.) There is a panel of three judges for each category, who determine category shortlists and winners. The three category winners are then judged by a panel of four judges — consisting of the chairs of the category panels and the prize chair — who will determine the overall winner. The author of the book judged overall winner will receive an award of US$10,000. The other category winners will receive cash awards of US$3,000. There are two deadlines; this one is for books published in the past year but before October 31st 2018. Read more.
December 14th 2018 – The Hurston Wright Legacy Awards submission deadline for books from African diaspora. Submission details here.
December 31st 2018 – The Moth Poetry Prize. Details here.
January 9th 2019 – October 31st 2018 – Burt Award deadline. The Burt Award, sponsored by CODE, a Canada-based non-profit, is given annually to three English-language literary works for youth created by Caribbean writers, and illustrators. The winning title is awarded $10,000 and the two finalists each receive $2,000. Local Caribbean publishers are granted a guaranteed purchase of a maximum of 2,500 copies. These copies are then distributed to youth in schools, libraries, and community centers across the region. 2019 is the 6th year for this young adult literature award. To date, over 37,000 copies of award-winning YA novels have been distributed throughout the Caribbean to young readers (see these titles here on this site). This literary award and readership initiative recognizes excellence in Caribbean-authored literature for young adults, ages 12 through 18. Eligible manuscripts and books published between October 31st and December 31st 2018. Read more.
February 1st 2019 – Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing – offers up to four months of unfettered writing time to a writer working on a first or second book. Read more.
March 1st 2019 – Cincinnati Review open for submissions of prose and poetry beginning September 2018; micro submissions open year round. See what that is and how to submit, here.
May 31st 2019 – the Antioch Review open for submissions of essays, fiction, and poetry beginning September. Details here.
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