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

Summer–Fall 2023 Writing Opportunities

With summer in full swing, many authors are looking ahead and thinking about what they can do with their work. To help, we’ve compiled a list of writing opportunities that are currently open for submission, including contests and small presses, as well as free, funded, and low-cost writing residencies.

For more opportunities throughout the year, be sure to check the Contests section of our website each month. You can also sign up for our newsletter, where you’ll find plenty of opportunities with upcoming deadlines in each issue.

Writing Contests

July 15: The 2023 Adrift Chapbook Contest

July 16: Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition

July 22: Boise City Writer-in-Residence Six-Month Residency

August 1: Granum Foundation Prize for the Completion of a Literary Manuscript or Translation

August 9: TulipTree Publishing Story (any genre) Contest

September 5: Terrain Annual Writing Contest in poetry, nonfiction, and fiction

September 8: Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

October 15: Copper Nickel book publishing prize for a poetry collection

Independent Publishers That Have Open Submission Periods Now

Feminist Press: Open to literary fiction, activist nonfiction, hybrid memoirs, and athologies until July 31, 2023.

Sarabande Books: Accepting submissions for literary nonfiction, manuscripts from Kentucky-affiliated writers, and proposals for works in translation through July 31, 2023.

Tupelo Press: Open for poetry manuscript (48-90 pages) and chapbook manuscript submissions (28-47 pages) until July 31, 2023.

Split Lip Press: Accepting submissions for novellas and novels until September 1, 2023.

Alice James Books: A prize of $5,000 and publication by Alice James Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet residing in the United States. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 by October 16. All submissions are considered for publication.

Free, Funded, and Low-Cost Residencies for Writers

Rockvale Writer’s Colony
Location: College Grove, TN
Deadline: Rolling
Period: Flexible up to 4 weeks
Financials: Subsidized fee of $425 per week for Farmhouse or Cabin and $475 for Granary, $30 cleaning fee

Ucross Foundation
Location: Sheridan, WY
Deadline: July 15th for Spring Session and January 15th for Fall Session
Period: Sliding period of two to six weeks
Financials: Fully funded, meals provided

Stochastic Labs Residency
Location: Berkeley, California
Deadline: Rolling
Period: Flexible
Financials: Fully funded, plus $1000 monthly stipend
Entry Fee: N/A
References/Letters of Recommendation: 2 references

Macdowell Fellowship
Location: Peterborough, New Hampshire
Deadline: August 1st – Sep 10, 2023
Period: March 1- Aug 31, 2024
Financials: No residency fees and stipends available
Entry Fee: $30 fee

Crosstown Arts Residency Program
Location: Memphis, TN
Deadline: July 15, 2023
Period: Three weeks to three months beginning in February
Financials: Fully funded
Entry Fee: $10 fee

KHN Residency
Location: Nebraska City, NE
Deadline: Sep 1, 2023
Period: Sliding periods of two to eight weeks
Financials: $175 weekly stipend, free housing
Application Fee: $35 fee

Jentel Artist Residency
Location: Banner, WY
Deadline: September 15th for Winter/Spring, January 15th for Summer/Fall
Period: January 15th – May 13th
Financials: $400 stipend
Entry fee: $30

Lanesboro Arts Residency
Location: Lanesboro, MN
Deadline: July 28th, 2023
Period: Sliding periods of two to four weeks, residency dates can be flexible
Financials: $1,250 weekly stipend
Entry Fee: N/A

Art Omi
Location: Ghent, NY
Deadline: Opens August 15 – October 15, 2023
Period: June and/or July 2024
Financials: Fully funded, several fellowships available with $500 stipends
Entry Fee: N/A

Millay Arts Core Residency
Location: Austerlitz, NY
Deadline: October 1st, 2023; late deadline: October 8th, 2023
Period: Sliding periods of two weeks to one month
Financials: $100 non-refundable deposit
Entry Fee: $45

18th Street Arts Center’s Visiting Artist Residency Program
Location: New York, NY
Deadline: Rolling
Period: One to three months
Financials: Fully funded on a case-by-case basis
Entry Fee: N/A

Storyknife Writers Retreat
Location: Homer, Alaska
Deadline: Application open July 1st, close August 31st
Period: Two to four-week residencies from April through October
Financials: Fully funded
Entry Fee: $40

Fiction Meets Science Residency
Location: Delmenhorst, Germany
Deadline: Rolling
Period: Sliding period of three to nine months
Financials: Fully funded with stipend
Entry Fee: N/A

The Guanajuato Writing Retreat
Location: Guanajuato, Mexico
Deadline: Rolling
Period: November 5-12, 2023
Financials: $1995 fee

In Cahoots Residency
Location: Petaluma, CA
Deadline: August 27-October 1, 2023
Period: One to three-week periods from June to December 2024
Financials: $900 fee for one week, $1,500 for two weeks, or $2,200 for three weeks
Entry Fee: $25

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow
Location: Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Deadline: Rolling
Period: Sliding period of one week to three months
Financials: $95 fee per night with a one-time $25 cleaning fee, meals included
Entry Fee: $35

The Shirley Holden Helberg Grants for the Mature Women
Deadline: August 1, 2023 – September 30, 2023
Financials: $1,000 grant

Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference
Location: Nashville, TN
Deadline: July 14th, 2023
Period: August 17-20, 2023
Financials: Scholarships vary depending on need
Entry Fee: N/A

The Publishing Laboratory at the University of New Orleans
Deadline: August 31, 2023
Financials: $10,000 advance
Entry Fee: $28