Please check the relevant websites for full terms and conditions, and don’t forget that entry fees are applicable in some cases.
The Danish Centre for Writers and Translators
is offering four-week residencies to published authors. Four international authors and eight to ten Danish authors (four at a time) will be selected. This working residency is available to authors who have had at least two books of fiction or poetry published. Applications close 1 April.
is accepting submissions of fiction and poetry from students currently enrolled in a creative writing program for a special online edition to be published in Spring 2014. Submissions close 1 April.
Neil Shepard Prizes in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction
are offered by literary magazine Green Mountain Review. The first prize winners in each genre will receive US$500 and publication. All entries will be considered for publication. Closes 1 April.
The Sherwood Anderson Foundation Grants
for emerging writers offers up to US$20,000 to a person who has written at least one but no more than two published books of fiction. NB: an entry fee of $100 in payable. Applications must arrive postmarked no later than 1 April.
Enizagam Literary Awards in Poetry and Fiction
will award two prizes of US$1000 and publication. Poets should submit 3 to 5 poems totalling no more than 10 pages; short stories may be up to 6000 words. Entries close 1 April.
Pennsylvania State University Resident Poet and Drama/Screenwriter
The Penn State Altoona English Program is taking applications for a one-semester teaching residency in poetry and drama/screenwriting. The residency is designed to offer an emerging writer substantial time to write and offers a salary of US$10,000 in return for teaching one general education level introduction to creative writing workshop during the Fall 2014 semester (25 August – 19 December). Review of applications will begin on 1 April and will continue until the position is filled.
Thresholds International Short Story Forum Feature Writing Competition
welcomes entries is two categories: ‘Author Profile’, exploring the life, writings and influence of a single short story writer, and ‘We Recommend’, personal recommendations of a collection, anthology, group of short stories or a single short story. First prize is £500 and there are two runners-up prizes of £100. Entries close 2 April.
The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing
is for unpublished manuscripts by writers from Australia and New Zealand. The winner receives AUD$10,000 and a publishing contract with Text Publishing. Entries close 4 April.
will be presenting a free lecture on creative writing at Columbia University in New York on 9 April. The lecture is open to the public and is part of a regular series that brings distinguished writers to Columbia for original talks on literary craft.
The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship
is offered by the International Women’s Media Foundation. The selected journalist will be from anywhere in the world and whose previous work in print, broadcast, or digital media has focused on human rights and social justice reporting. This seven month-long program will take her to Boston and New York to study at MIT’s Center for International Studies and work for U.S. media outlets including The Boston Globe and The New York Times. Applications close 11 April.
The Writers’ Couch
invites writers to pitch feature film projects. To apply you must have completed a feature-length screenplay for the project you wish to pitch; be over the age of 18; live in the UK; and not have literary representation. Applications for the April round close on the 14th.
The Nick Darke Award
celebrates the best writing for stage, screen and radio, awarding the winner £6000 to allow them to complete their script. It is open to all writers aged over 16. The first submission stage involves outlining an idea in the form of a 25 word or less pitch, followed by an outline for the story idea in 750 words, suggesting character, plot and structure. Applicants are asked to also submit 20 pages that represent their writing, either in the form of a new or existing piece. Entries close 14 April.
The 2nd Annual ScreamCraft Horror Script Contest
is open for entries. First place prize is US$2000 cash and a phone consultation with writer-director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose). The early bird deadline is 15 April, with entries closing on 1 June.
The Waterman Fund Essay Contest
has a theme centred on the value and identity of wilderness fifty years after the Wilderness Act of 1964. Personal, scientific, adventure, or memoir essays, as well as any and all combinations within the nonfiction genre, are highly encouraged. Entries close 15 April.
is accepting submissions for its Fall 2014 issue with the theme ‘tribes’. They are looking for fiction, poetry, non-fiction and interviews that address the issue of tribalism. This may include the creation of ad-hoc families and communities; tribes formed via class, race, and geography, or via art, music, and sport; life after exclusion from a tribe; tribalism and conflict; post-colonial tribes and virtual tribes. Submissions close 15 April.
MacDowell Colony Fellowships
support residences of up to eight weeks for writers and other artists. Located in New Hampshire, studios, room and board are provided. Applications for Fall 2014 residences (1 October to 31 January) close on 15 April.
Event Magazine’s Non-Fiction Contest
is open to creative non-fiction up to 5000 words in length. There isUS$1500 prize money available in addition to the regular publication payment. The $34.95 entry fee includes a 1-year subscription. Entries close 15 April.
Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition
is being offered for the first time in 2014 and will be judged by bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith. First prize is £300 and a trip to the Edinburgh Festival. A maximum of 500 entries will be accepted and so writers are encouraged to submit their work as soon as possible. The final entry deadline is 16 April.
The Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony
offers Summer Fellowships for fiction, nonfiction and poetry writers during the second half of 2014 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Five applicants (one from the State of Utah) will be chosen for this in-residence program. Each successful Fellow’s award will cover full tuition and housing for the entire three week period of residency. Applications close 18 April.
Bristol Short Story Prize
is an annual international writing competition open to all published and unpublished writers. A total of twenty entries will be published in the prize’s seventh anthology. Cash prizes are also awarded for first, second and third place. Entries close 30 April. The 2013 Anthology eBook is available here.
Austin Film Festival Screenplay and Teleplay competitions
are open to writers from all countries. All 2014 semifinalists and finalists will be included in the annual Producers Book, distributed to over 400 agents, managers, producers, and other industry professionals. The general entry deadline is 30 April, with late entries accepted until 31 May.
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest
is open to original short stories and essays on any theme. The winner in each category receives US$3000 and there are a total of 10 minor prizes of $100. Entries should be maximum of 6000 words. Closes 30 April.
Late Night Library
is now accepting submissions for the 2014 Debut-litzer Prizes in the categories of fiction and poetry. Winners will receive US $1000 and a featured appearance on Late Night Conversation. Debut books first published in North America between 1 January and 31 December 2013 are eligible to enter. Entries must be postmarked by 30 April.
The RSL Brookleaze Grants for Writers
are open to novelists, short story writers, poets or playwrights. The judges are particularly interested in applications from writers who wish to buy time away from their normal lives – who need to take sabbaticals from their jobs, for example, or who need to travel abroad for the purpose of research. A total of £5000 will be available; this may be awarded either as two grants of £2500 or one grant of £5000. Applications close 30 April.
Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships
in the amount of US$25,800 each will be awarded to five young American poets. Entrants must be US citizens and aged between 21 and 31. Applications close 30 April.
Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. This international screenwriting competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, regardless of citizenship. All entrants must be aged over 18.The regular entry deadline is 10 April, with late entries accepted until 1 May.
Southwest Review’s David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction
is only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in Southwest Review. Stories can be up to 8000 words in length and all entries will be considered for publication. The deadline for entries is 1 May.
Australian Book Review’s Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
is open to writers outside Australia for the first time in 2014. A total of AUD$8000 will be awarded with prizes for first, second and third place. Entries must be a single-authored short story of between 2000 and 5000 words, written in English. The winner will be announced at a special event at the Melbourne Writers Festival in August. Entries close 1 May.
The CBS Diversity Institute’s Writers Mentoring Program
aims is to provide access and opportunities for talented and motivated diverse writers. The program is held in Los Angeles but writers do not need to be American residents to apply (there are no travel grants or subsidies though). Applications close 1 May.
Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading
publishes one story a week and reopens for submissions on 1 May. Previously unpublished fiction ranging in length from 2,000 to 10,000 words will be considered and each contributor is paid US$300.
publishes short fiction, flash/micro fiction, nonfiction (memoir, literary journalism, travel narratives, etc), and original artwork (photographs, illustrations, paintings, etc) based on the designated monthly theme. Works translated into English are also welcome. The theme for the May issue is augmented reality.
Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
awards $2500 and publication by the Kent State University Press to a poet who has not previously had a collection published. Entrants should submit 50 – 70 pages of poetry. Closes 1 May.
The Walt Disney Studios’ Feature Writers Program
is a paid one year residency housed in Disney’s live-action production group that provides up-and-coming feature writers with development and mentorship opportunities. Submissions close 5 May.
The Linda Bromberg Award for Prose Poetry
is for a single prose poem. The winner recevies a first prize of US$500, publication and broadcast on public radio; honourable mention poems may also be considered for publication and broadcast. Entries close 5 May.
The Guardian’s Creative Writing Weekend with MJ Hyland
is aimed at serious writers who have either studied creative writing before, received positive feedback from a publisher or agent, or been committed to writing regularly for at least two years. The course takes place at the University of Salford (Salford, UK) on 10 and 11 May.
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
is dedicated to recognising and supporting the work of emerging writers whose fiction has not yet achieved success. Entries must be less than 3500 words and the competition is open to writers based anywhere is the world. The winner receives US$1500 and publication. The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition first ran in 1981; entries for the 2014 prize close on 15 May (discounted entry available before 1 May).
Spokane Prize for Short Fiction
is open to book-length manuscripts of stories. Manuscripts must include at least three short stories and be no less than 98 pages. There is no maximum page count and stories may have been previously published in journals, anthologies or limited edition volumes. The winner receives US$2000 and publication of their manuscript by Willow Springs Editions. Entries close 15 May.
The Scotland Writing Residency
is located in Brora, a coastal village in the east of Sutherland in the Highland area of Scotland. The writer resides, for one week during summer or fall, in a furnished and recently renovated, traditional croft cottage, containing three-bedrooms. There is no cash prize. Applications close 15 May.
The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans
is a creative writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel and is hosted by The Iowa Review. Writing can be in any genre and about any subject matter. The prize is $1000 and publication in the Spring 2015 issue of The Iowa Review
Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools
is a free, open online course presented by the European Journalism Centre. Instructors include Simon Rogers, Data Editor at Twitter and former editor of the Guardian’s award-winning Datablog, and Steve Doig, Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication of Arizona State University and 1993 Pulitzer Prize winner. The program commences on 19 May and continues until 31 July.
The Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program
aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship. Grants are given in five project types: articles, blogs, books, new and alternative media, and short-form writing. Applications open on 16 April and close on 21 May.
Emerging Writers Getaway Contest for Unpublished Writers of Crime Novels
is open to writers who have not yet published a book and have completed a crime novel manuscript (mystery, suspense, thriller). Submissions should consist of the opening of the novel (up to 5000 words) and a synopsis (up to 500 words.) First prize is a 5-day residency (tuition and lodging) at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts’ MFA program on Whidbey Island, Washington (travel, meals and expenses not included), a critique from and possible representation by a literary agent, and US$300 cash . Entries close 23 May.
Fiction Desk’s Ghost Story Competition
is open to all English-speaking writers aged 16 or over. First prize is £500 and at least five finalists will receive £100. All prizewinners will also be published in a Fiction Desk anthology. Fiction Desk advises that ’ghost story’ can mean a lot of different things, from an encounter with an actual phantom to more unusual paranormal phenomena and unexplained events. All types are welcome and writers are free to experiment. Entries close 30 May.
NBCUniversal’s Writers on the Verge
is a 12-week program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. They are looking for writers who are ‘almost there’ but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. The program consists of two weekly night classes to be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at NBCUniversal in Universal City, CA. Applications close 30 May.
The Baltimore Review’s Summer Contest
has the theme ‘How To’. Three winners will be selected from among all entries. There is a 3000 word limit for fiction and creative non-fiction, and one to three poems can be included per entry. All entries considered for publication. Closes 31 May.
Yeovil Literary Prize
is open to aspiring writers from around the world. There are categories for novel, short story and poetry, as well as a local writer award. Writing in all genres is welcomed and entries close 31 May.
publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, and book reviews. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to submit their work; however, the editors warn they can only publish a very small fraction of the material the receive. The reading period runs until 31 May.
is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to memoir. The magazine’s editors will award US$1000 for Best Essay and $500 for Runner-up. Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. Submissions close 31 May.
The Warner Bros Writers’ Workshop
is for new writers looking to start and further their career in the world of television. Graduates include Terrance Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives), Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) and Felicia Henderson (Soul Food). Applications close 31 May.
is a literary magazine that contains, simply, one story. Approximately every three-four weeks, subscribers are sent One Story in the mail, or on their digital devices.Submissions are open between 1 September and 31 May. Stories must be between 3,000 and 8,000 words and can be in any style on any subject.
The Frome Short Story Competition
is an international competition open to all unpublished and published writers. Stories on any theme of between 1000 and 2200 words are invited. The guest judge is Lesley Pearse and entries close 31 May.
The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award
is one of Australia’s richest and the most prestigious awards for an unpublished manuscript. The winner receives publication by Allen & Unwin, with an advance against royalties plus prize money totalling AUD $20,000. Entrants must be aged under 35 and previous recipients include Kate Grenville, Tim Winton and Gillian Mears. Entries close 31 May.
The Florida Review
publishes fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, graphic narrative, interviews, and book reviews. There is no word or page limit, though they prefer prose that is between 3 and 25 manuscript pages. The Florida Review’s reading period is August through May, although subscribers’ submissions will be read year-round.
Cold Mountain Review
publishes poetry, creative non-fiction, interviews with creative writers, fiction and art. Submissions are read between August and May each year.
is a quarterly print and online publication. Submissions for their 14th issue on the theme ’danger’ open on 1 April and close on 1 June. They are seeking flash fiction (up to 1000 words), short fiction (up to 3000 words), and creative non-fiction (up to 3000 words), as well as poetry and art.
The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
is accepting submissions for its third annual edition. The theme is the creative process. The journal accepts submissions of poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, original artwork, and/or photography related to the theme. Submissions close 1 June.
Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
is a Hong Kong-based journal dedicated to publishing quality poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, drama, and reviews written in English, as well as photography and art. It has a strong focus on Asian-themed creative work or work done by Asian writers and artists. It also publishes emerging writers around the world. Submissions are currently open for CHA’s September 2014 issue.
is seeking scripts of plays or screenplays that stand on their own as text. Script length is flexible, but it must be engaging as pure text. They recommend no more than 15,000 words. Fiction and creative non-fiction submissions are also being considered.
Literary Agent Jita Fumich
of New York-based agency Folio Literary Management is accepting submissions. Her interests include urban fantasy, paranormal romance, commercial fiction, and narrative non-fiction particularly memoirs, history and pop culture.
a new New York City-based independent press specialising in high-quality fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature by new and emerging writers, is accepting submissions for its inaugural 2015-2016 season. Submissions should be electronically and be accompanied by a brief description of the work and the audience for which it is intended.
Pan Macmillan Australia’s Manuscript Monday
accepts unsolicited manuscript submissions between 10am and 4pm AEST on the first Monday of every month. Types of works they are looking for include commercial fiction, children’s books and young adult, literary fiction and non-fiction. Interested authors should send the first 100 pages of their manuscript together with a synopsis of up to 300 words. Manuscripts will be read within three months.
is open to submissions for a new ‘Modern Dreams’ series – a digital-only development of the Salt Modern Fiction list. The series will be for 20,000–30,000 word novellas that deal explicitly with the lives of young people in modern Britain and the USA.
Amtrak Residencies for Writers
are designed to allow creative professionals who are passionate about train travel and writing to work on their craft in an inspiring environment. Round-trip train travel will be provided on an Amtrak long-distance route. Each resident will be given a private sleeper car, equipped with a desk, a bed and a window to watch the American countryside roll by for inspiration. Routes will be determined based on availability. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by a panel. Up to 24 writers will be selected for the program
is a new digital imprint from Bloomsbury Publishing dedicated to publishing fiction eBooks for teen, YA, and new adult readers. They are interested in many genres including romance, contemporary, dystopian, paranormal, sci-fi, mystery and thriller. They are currently accepting manuscripts between 25,000 and 60,000 words.
is looking for previously unpublished flash-fiction of up to 1000 words in length. The stories may be in any genre, but must have been written in response to one of the images from their Pinterest Boards.
Alternative Book Press
is a publishing company established in October 2012 by Columbia University and Cornell University graduates. They are currently accepting submissions of both fiction and non-fiction. Writers are asked to provide a 400 word synopsis and no more than 5 pages of their manuscript.
is an open, online course from the University of Mary Washington that anyone can join at anytime as an open participant. The course describes itself as ‘part storytelling workshop, part technology training, and, most importantly, part critical interrogation of the digital landscape that is ever increasingly mediating how we communicate with one another.’
The Fog Horn
publishes four fictional short stories each month. Submissions should be between 1200 words and 8500 words and can be from a range of genres including comedy, adventure, sci-fi, romance, historical fiction and horror. The writers of all published stories are paid US$1000 for their work.
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