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.
January 31st 2019 – BIM, the Barbados-based Caribbean literary journal is currently seeking submissions for an issue due to be published online in March 2019. Seek more information from or send submissions of creative pieces to email@example.com
January 31st 2019 – The Caribbean Writer is seeking works that explore the defining moments of the Caribbean experience, particularly in the way the experiences represent themselves in our musings and metaphors. We hope to explore Caribbean life in the broad sense of our 2019 theme: Dredging thoughts that reflect the resilience and resourcefulness of Caribbean people as well as the implications of certain events that shape the notion of the contemporary Caribbean. Read more.
January 31st 2019 – the Hurston Wright Award for College Writers. More here.
January 31st 2019 – Kenyon Review Short Fiction contest. The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submissions must be 1,200 words or fewer. Mia Alvar, whose collection of short stories, In the Country, won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and whose work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, One Story, the Missouri Review, the Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere, will be the final judge. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2019 Writers Workshop in Gambier, Ohio. Details here.
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.
February 5th 2019 – Outcast – volume 3: once upon a time – Outcast is a South Asian queer lit mag and the issue is looking for fantasy. Read more.
February 15th 2019 – The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award is the richest prize for a single short story in the English language, worth £30,000 to the winner. The award, for a story of 6,000 words or less, is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland. Read more.
February 15th 2019 – Time to apply for the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference – as a past participant, I think it’s worth it. Here’s your submission information. But also ask about the international fellowships which is what enabled my participation.
February 28th 2019 – Superstition Review is the online literary magazine published by Arizona State University twice yearly in May and December. It welcomes submissions of art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry during our two reading periods in fall (September and October) and spring (January and February). Read more.
February 28th 2019 – Summer Literary Seminars fiction and poetry contests. Details here.
February 28th 2019 – Cultural and Creative Industries Fund’s Call for Proposals re Creating an Enabling Environment: ciif-call-for-proposals-enabling-environment
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.
March 1st 2019 – Deadline for all types of proposals related to the Center for Caribbean Studies [Centro de Estudios del Caribe] at Casa de las Américas’ forthcoming VII International Colloquium on Cultural Diversity in the Caribbean. The colloquium, organized around the concepts “Revolution and Rebel,” will take place from May 20 to 24, 2019. Details here.
March 4th 2019 – The Brotherton Poetry Prize is open to anyone in the world over the age of 18 who hasn’t yet published a full collection of poems (a chapbook or pamphlet does not count as a full collection). Entries to the competition should include no more than 200 lines of poetry in up to five individual poems. The winner will receive £1,000 and the opportunity to develop their creative practice with the University of Leeds Poetry Centre. Four runners-up will each receive £200. The poems of the five shortlisted poets will be published as an anthology by Carcanet Press. All entrants who provide a UK postal address will receive a copy of the anthology on publication. The shortlisted poets will be invited to take part in a series of readings and events held at the University of Leeds and in other venues in Yorkshire. All shortlisted poets will receive travel expenses up to £150 to cover expenses associated with the competition announcement. Expenses for UK-based poets associated with events may be reimbursed. More here.
March 10th – 17th 2019 –
March 31st 2019 – deadline to vote for a book by a local author to be recognized as the Wadadli Pen Readers Choice Antigua and Barbuda Book of the Year (2017-2018). #readAntiguaBarbuda #voteAntiguaBarbuda
February 14th – April 30th 2019 – The Miami Book Fair has partnered with The de Groot Foundation to discover and encourage talented unpublished authors. The prize will be awarded for a novella, written by an author who has not previously had a book published. A novella is a work of fiction between 17,000-40,000 words. The winner of the Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize will receive a $6,000 cash award, publication by Melville House, a critically acclaimed independent press, an expense-paid (hotel, travel, per diem) trip to the Miami Book Fair after publication, and a chance to read/participate in programs at the fair. The two runners-up will each receive $3,000, an expense-paid (hotel, travel, per diem) trip to the 2018 Miami Book Fair, and a chance to read/participate in programs at the Fair. The three winners work will be publicized in print and online media. Read more.
April 1st – May 30th 2019 – The Tillie Olsen Short Story Award.
May 31st 2019 – the Antioch Review open for submissions of essays, fiction, and poetry beginning September. Details here.
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