The original Opportunities page is here. 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. Fair warning, I’ll be going for some of these as well.
I can’t find a deadline more specific for this one than before the end of 2015 – this is targeted at book lovers – writers can’t nominate themselves – and specific to books published in 2015 – books in the young adult genre as this is on the site of the Young Adult Library Association. It’s the Michael L. Printz Award and what you’re asked to do if there’s a book in the genre that you liked is to submit it for nomination consideration. It’s a short form, five minutes top. Find it here.
September 2015 – In late September 2015, the International Writing Program will open its fourth creative writing MOOC, How Writers Write Fiction 2015. This MOOC will offer an opportunity for the interactive study and practice of writing fiction. This course has been designed to welcome both beginning and experienced writers; video classes, writing assignments, and discussions will engage and challenge writers at all levels. How Writers Write Fiction 2015 will be taught by Christopher Merrill, IWP Director and University of Iowa Professor of English, and Angela Flournoy, author of the critically-acclaimed novel The Turner House. This MOOC is freely available to everyone in the world; there is no cost to register. – Read more.
September 9th 2015 – Cicada – this one has opportunities for writers and artists – the focus is young adult content – the theme is witches and they seem to like unconventional. And it’s a paying market. I can think right now of some past Wadadli Pen finalist pieces that would qualify. Reach out and grab it; and remember to give us a shout out when you claim it. Details here.
September 14th 2015 (11:59 p.m. EST) – The Hodder Fellowship will be given to writers and non-literary artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the academic year. Given the strength of the applicant pool, most successful Fellows have published a first book or have similar achievements in their own fields; the Hodder is designed to provide Fellows with the “studious leisure” to undertake significant new work. Details and application process begins here.
September 18th 2015 – 5 p.m. – William H. Johnson Prize valued at US$25,000. See Contests and Awards in Opportunities for more information and links.
Summer submissions list (June, July, August, September) – compiled by Emily Lackey at Shewrites.com
September 24th 2015 – Radcliffe Institute Fellowship – To be considered for a fellowship in fiction or nonfiction, applicants must have one or more published books, contract for the publication of a book-length manuscript, or at least three shorter works (longer than newspaper articles) published. Evidence of publication in print format within the last five years is highly desirable; Web site publications are not acceptable as the only form of previously published work. Applicants should note that reviewers take into account evidence of a distinctive, original voice, richness or dimensionality of text, and coherence in the project plan. Professionals interested in writing about their work experiences should apply in the category of nonfiction. To be considered for a fellowship in poetry, applicants must have had at least 20 poems published in the last five years or a published book of poetry and must be in the process of completing a manuscript. Reviewers examine the submissions for evidence of originality, vision, and maturity. Recommendations from editors and/or agents are not acceptable.
Please note that artists and writers need not have a Ph.D. or an M.F.A. to apply; however, they must meet other specific eligibility requirements. Details here.
September 24th 2015 – The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award – Entry is open to authors from anywhere in the world, as long as they have a previous record of publication in creative writing in the UK and Ireland. Stories must be previously unpublished, or first published after 1 January 2015. All entries must be 6,000 words or under and entirely original. Entry Guidelines here.
September 30th 2015 – Jerry Jazz Musician Awards – The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America. Our newsletter subscribers include publishers, artists, musicians, and fellow writers. While your writing should appeal to a reader with these interests and in these creative professions , all story themes are considered. Read more.
October 2015 – submissions open for the BBC World Service International Playwriting Competition. No reason you can’t start writing now. Details here.
October 1st 2015 – Vermont Studio Center – you can apply for one of 50 available fellowships. See Opportunities for Fellowship details or visit http://www.vermontstudiocenter.org/fellowships
October 31st 2015 – I have been both a finalist and a judge of the Burt Award for Teen/Young Adult Caribbean Literature and vouch for this as one of the best paths to publications for writers in this genre. This link takes you to submission information and this one to some tips from the judges room for future winners.
October 31st 2015 – Casa de las Americas – Open to Caribbean literature published between 2012 and 2015, as well as unpublished works. Send two copies with cover letter to House of the Americas (3rd and G, El Vedado, La Habana 10400, Cuba), or any of the embassies of Cuba. No more than 500 pages. No author may send more than one book by genre; nor a work in process of being printed (I think that’s what it’s saying…it may mean that the book should be free and clear of any other publishing agreements) nor which has obtained some national or international award. Works should be signed by the authors who should indicate in which category they wish to contend (categories seem to include novel, poetry, novels for young readers and I’m not sure what else). Prize is 3000 dollars or its equivalent in the currency of the winner (I think) and publication of the work by the Casa de Las Américas. They reserve the right to publish the first edition of the award winning works (this I’m finding a bit confusing since the thing says previously published works are eligible. I’d actually like some clarification on this for anyone reading this who is familiar with the process especially since they make clear anything in breach of the criteria will be ineligible). That’s my muddling of the Spanish; if you’re better versed, please read and translate.
September 1st 2015 to November 1st 2015 – 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Details here.
August 1st 2015 to December 1st 2015 – Fifth Wednesday Journal accepts electronic submissions in the categories of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, and black-and-white photography. All submissions to Fifth Wednesday Journal must be original, unpublished work in English. No pay but there is a literary prize. Details here.
December 1st 2015 – The Children’s Literature Fellows, a one-year graduate level certificate program sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing and Literature, is now accepting applications for 2016. The year-long course of instruction—accomplished mostly in distance learning format—was developed by author and Children’s Literature Conference Director Emma Walton Hamilton, MFA in Creative Writing Director Julie Sheehan and YA author/faculty member Patricia McCormick to offer aspiring children’s and young adult authors a more affordable and flexible option than matriculation in a two- or three-year MFA program. During their year, each Fellow completes either one publishable YA or middle grade manuscript, or, for chapter and picture book writers, three to four separate manuscripts. “There are very few programs like this out there for aspiring children’s literature authors,” says Walton Hamilton. “But children’s literature and YA are among the strongest and fastest growing sectors of the publishing industry right now, so this is valuable for writers on a number of levels. And thanks to the program’s distance learning format, aspiring authors from all over the world are able to take advantage of what it offers. We have participants in California, Arizona, Texas, Philadelphia, Florida—even Australia.” Apply.
December 18th 2015 – Do you write children’s fiction? Have a manuscript squirrelled away somewhere? This might be the contest for you. The Times / Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition is now open for entries. The winning writer will receive a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a royalty advance of £10,000 (US$15,6000), plus representation from a top children’s literary agent. To enter this competition you must have written a completed full-length novel suitable for children aged somewhere between 7 and 18 years. By full-length the organisers suggest a minimum of 30,000 words and ask that manuscripts do not exceed 80,000 words in length. This is the 2014 winner and here are the entry details (note: there is an entry fee).
December 31st 2015 -The Caribbean Writer is an international, refereed, literary journal published annually by the University of the Virgin Islands. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience, or perspective. Besides the usual poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews and one act plays in the 30th Anniversary edition; Volume 30 will highlight the theme: Journeys and Pathways. TCW invites writers to explore this theme in the context of their unique personal, cultural, national or collective Caribbean memory. Other details here. Also seeking art work.
January 5th 2016 – The Dartmouth Poet in Residence at the Frost Place. The residency begins July 1 and ends August 15, and includes an award of $1,000 from The Frost Place and an award of $1,000 from Dartmouth College. The recipient will have an opportunity to give a series of public readings across the region, including at Dartmouth College. There are no other specific obligations. The residency offers space and time for significant poetic work. Go here for more.
January 2016 – you have to be resident in the US to access this one but it was too good of an opportunity not to post; plus there are many of us Caribbean writers in the US. Right? It’s the Graywolf Press Non Fiction Prize. Check it out.
July 16th 2016 October 16 to April 15 – TriQuarterly welcomes submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, short drama, video essays, and hybrid work from established as well as emerging writers. They also welcome short-short prose pieces. They ask that poets submit no more than six poems between per cycle, and that prose authors limit their total submission to fewer than 3,500 words. They are especially interested in work that embraces the world and continues, however subtly, the ongoing global conversation about culture and society that TriQuarterly pursued from its beginning in 1964. TriQuarterly pays honoraria for creative work and publishes two issues a year. Read more.
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