All Contests, Grants, and Residencies
Contests, Grants, and Residencies

Calls for Submissions January 2021

Each month we curate a list of contests, fellowships, and other writing opportunities with approaching deadlines. Opportunities will be posted in the month prior to their deadlines, so that you have ample time to submit your work or applications.

Fiction Contests

The Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers
Eligibility: Emerging writers only
Prize: $3,000 + publication + agency review
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: January 31, 2021

Nonfiction Contests

Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers
Eligibility: Emerging, mid-career or established writers are all welcome to apply
Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $15
Deadline: January 15, 2021

Hurston/Wright Crossover Award
Eligibility: Unpublished Black writers
Prize: $2,000 + workshop
Entry Fee: $30
Deadline: January 29, 2021

Poetry Contests

92Y Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest
Eligibility: Poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection
Prize: $500 + publication + reading + 2-night residency
Entry Fee: $15
Deadline: January 8, 2021

Colorado Prize for Poetry
Eligibility: All poets
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry Fee: $28 online; $25 by mail
Deadline: January 14, 2021

Translation Contests

National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships
Eligibility: Published translators
Prize: up to $25,000
Deadline: January 13, 2021

French-American Foundation Translation Prize
Eligibility: Translations published for the first time in the U.S. between January 1 and December 31, 2020
Prize: $10,000
Deadline: January 15, 2021

Multi-Genre Contests

Mississippi Review Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry Fee: $16 online; $15 by mail
Deadline: January 1, 2021

Texas Institute of Letters Literary Awards
Eligibility: Authors must be born in Texas or have lived in Texas for at least five consecutive years
Prize: $1,000 – $6,000
Entry Fee: $20 for book awards; $10 for short fiction or short nonfiction awards
Deadline: January 4, 2021

Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers
Eligibility: Black writers who are full-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs in U.S.
Prize: $1,000 + free workshop
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: January 29, 2021

Iowa Review Awards
Eligibility: All writers and poets
Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: January 31, 2021

Writing Fellowships & Residencies

Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing
Eligibility: New writers of any age and background
Prize: $15,000. Residency in the San José area is expected during the academic year.
Deadline: January 2, 2021

Dartmouth Poet in Residence
Eligibility: Poets with at least one full-length collection of poetry
Prize: $2,000 + 6 – 8 week residency at the Frost Place
Entry Fee: $28
Deadline: January 5, 2021