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Writing Fellowships & Awards You Still Have Time to Apply For

Daily Writing TipsAerogramme Studio and Hubpages have fresh lists of writing fellowships and awards that (mostly) don’t require entry fees. Kalamu.com often has info about contests and prizes too. Sign-up for Hope Clark’s “Funds for Writers” Newsletter to get timely updates about opportunities to earn money for your writing/fund your projects. Here are a few I’ve culled that offer exciting opportunities to either publish your work, teach classes, and/or just write. When you’re done, make sure to check out these writer’s residencies too.

The University of Notre Dame MFA Creative Writing Program (Full Scholarship + $12,000 Fellowship)
Who’s Eligible: All students accepted into the program.
Entry Fee: $75
Deadline: January 2, 2017

The Steinbeck Fellows Program ($10,000)
Who’s Eligible: Emerging writers of any age and background who can produce a 1-3 page proposal of the work to be written (including a timeline), a writing sample no more than 30 pages, a resumé, and three letters of recommendation.
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: January 2, 2017

The Orwell Prize (£3000)
Who’s Eligible: Writers of works that reflect “good writing and thinking about politics”. See The Rules for more information.
Entry Fee: N/A
Deadline: January 15, 2016

Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship Program
Duration: Fall or Spring 2018 Semester
Location: The Liguria Study Center located on the Italian Riviera in the village of Bogliasco
Who’s Eligible: Applicants for Fellowships are expected to demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience. In addition, they must submit descriptions of the projects that they intend to pursue in Bogliasco. An approved project is presumed to lead to the completion of an artistic, literary, or scholarly work, followed by publication, performance, exhibition, or other public presentation. Approximately 50 Fellowships are awarded each year.
Associated Costs: $30 application fee; travel and living expenses if accepted. (The Foundation does offer a limited number of Special Fellowships that often include a small stipend and travel fare.)
Deadline: January 15, 2017 for the subsequent Fall semester, April 15, 2017 for the subsequent Spring semester.

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship ($7,000)
Who’s Eligible: Non-fiction writers and poets 25 years or older who are current residents of New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located in New York State.
Entry Fee: None.
Deadline: January 25, 2017 

The Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize ($7,500)
Who’s Eligible: A woman writer who is a United States citizen who wrote a book-size work of fiction that was published in 2016. Children’s Books and self-published books are not eligible. All entries must be submitted by publishers. The prize administrators are “particularly interested in calling attention to the work of a promising but less established writer.”
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: February 1, 2017

The American Short(er) Fiction Prize ($500 and publication) 
Who’s Eligible: “Staff and volunteers currently affiliated with American Short Fiction are ineligible for consideration or publication. Additionally, students, former students, and colleagues of the judge are not eligible to enter. We ask that previous winners wait three years after their winning entry is published before entering again.
Entry Fee: $17
Deadline: February 1, 2017

The Poetry Center Awards ($500-1000 for winners with smaller prizes for runners-up) 
Who’s Eligible: Books of at least 48 pages with a minimum press run of 500 copies are eligible.
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: February 1, 2017

Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing ($5,000 and residence in Bucknell’s “Poet’s Cottage”)
Who’s Eligible: A creative writer of fiction or non-fiction that’s at least 20 years old, and not registered as a student in a college or educational institution. (Entrants registered in a college or educational institution when filing the application are still allowed). The resident will receive free lodging on Bucknell University campus, and an office in the Stadler Center for Poetry.
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: February 1, 2017

Northern Writers’ Awards (£500-5,000)

Who’s Eligible: Writers of any nationality or descent who at the time of entering are permanently resident in the north of England.
Entry Fee: None, though writers are responsible for any associated travel costs
Deadline: February 2, 2017

The Hub City/Emrys Queries for Novels (Winners each will receive a full, $650 scholarship to the Wildacres Writers Workshop, a week-long creative writing summer school in the Blue Ridge Mountains in July. Second- and third-place winners receive full or partial scholarships to Hub City’s “Writing in Place” workshop July 14-16 at Wofford College)
Who’s Eligible: “Well-crafted, high-quality works by new and established authors, with an emphasis on the Southern experience. We are particularly interested in books with a strong sense of place. We believe strongly that the publishing industry needs to promote a more diverse range of experiences, and so have committed ourselves to spotlighting lesser-heard Southern voices including: people of color, gender diversity, LGBTQIA, people with disabilities, as well as ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.
Entry Fee: N/A
Deadline: February 15, 2017

Vermont Studio Center Fellowship 
Who’s Eligible: Emerging writers
Entry Fee: The fee for a four-week residency in 2013, including studio, room, board, and the visiting artist and writer program, was $3950 for 4 weeks and $2050 for 2 weeks. Applicants can apply for a grant/aid.
Deadline: February 15, 2017 (and June 15, 2017, and October 1, 2017)

The Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellowship ($5,000)
Who’s Eligible: New York City residents of any age who are not in a degree-granting program and have “not yet had a novel or short story collection published by either a major or independent publisher and who is also not currently under contract to a publisher for a work of fiction. Eligible applicants may have had stories or novel excerpts published in magazines, literary journals or online, but this is not a requirement.”
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: February 15, 2017

Vermont Studio Center Fellowship 
Who’s Eligible: Emerging writers
Entry Fee: The fee for a four-week residency in 2013, including studio, room, board, and the visiting artist and writer program, was $3950 for 4 weeks and $2050 for 2 weeks. Applicants can apply for a grant/aid.
Deadline: February 15, 2017 (and June 15, 2017, and October 1, 2017)

2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting ($35,000)
Who’s Eligible: “Screenwriters who have not earned more than $25,000 writing fictional work for film or television. Entry scripts must be the original work of one writer, or of two writers who collaborated equally, and must be written originally in English. Adaptations and translated scripts are not eligible.”
Entry Fee: $45 if submitted by March 7, 2017; $60 if submitted by April 18, 2017; $85 if submitted by May 2, 2017
Deadline: March 7, 2017 (early); April 18, 2017 (regular); May 2, 2017 (late) “The online application form must be completed and a PDF version of the script uploaded by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on May 2. Because of the anticipated surge in submissions, we cannot guarantee access to the online application form during the last six hours before the entry deadline.”

National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship ($25,000) 
Who’s Eligible: “You are eligible to apply in Prose if, between January 1, 2010, and March 8, 2017, you have had published:

  • At least five different short stories, works of short fiction, excerpts from novels or memoirs, or creative essays (or any combination thereof) in two or more literary journals, anthologies, or publications that regularly include fiction and/or creative nonfiction as a portion of their format; or
  • A volume of short fiction or a collection of short stories; or
  • A novel or novella; or
  • A volume of creative nonfiction.

To qualify, work must have been first published with an eligible publisher between these dates, not only reprinted or reissued in another format during this period.

You may use digital, audio, or online publications to establish eligibility, provided that the publisher has a competitive selection process and stated editorial policy. If the online publication or website no longer exists, you must provide, upon request, sufficient evidence that your work once appeared online. If sufficient evidence cannot be provided, the online publication will not be eligible.”

Entry Fee: N/A

Deadline: March 8, 2017

American Christian Genesis Contest | Who’s Eligible: Unpublished Christian fiction writers. “With ten categories to enter, Genesis provides the opportunity for unbiased feedback on writers’ work by published authors and experienced judges, and the chance for finalists to have their work read by Christian publishing house editors and literary agents. ACFW is pleased to see many previous category winners and finalists move further in their writing careers and become published authors.” | Entry Fee: $35 | Deadline: March 15, 2017

The James Jones First Novel Fellowship ($10,000)
Who’s Eligible: United States citizens who have not previously published a novel.
Entry Fee: A $30 check/money order, payable to Wilkes University, NOT to James Jones First Novel Fellowship. A $3 processing fee applies to online submissions.
Deadline: March 15, 2017

The Hodson-Brown Fellowship ($20,000)
Who’s Eligible: Academics, independent scholars and writers working on significant projects relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830. Candidates with a U.S. history topic are strongly encouraged to concentrate on the period prior to 1801. The fellowship is also open to filmmakers, novelists, creative and performing artists, and others working on projects that draw on this period of history.
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: March 15, 2017

Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition (£2,000 for first prize, £500 second prize, £250 third prize)
Who’s Eligible: Women poets of any nationality.
Entry Fee: £10 per story
Deadline: March 20, 2017

Winter 2016 Story Contest (First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.)
Who’s Eligible: “All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2016 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.”
Entry Fee: $24
Deadline: March 31, 2017

The Short Fiction Prize (First Prize is £500, Second Prize is £100
Who’s Eligible: Authors from anywhere in the world.
Entry Fee: £7
Deadline: March 31, 2017

Arts Writers Grant ($15,000 – 50,000)
Who’s Eligible: “The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through project-based grants, ranging from 15,000 to 50,000 USD, issued directly to 20 individual authors a year. The program was founded in recognition of both the financially precarious situation of arts writers and their indispensable contribution to a vital artistic culture. The Arts Writers Grant Program aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship.

Writers who meet the program’s eligibility requirements are invited to apply in the following categories:

– Articles
– Blogs
– Books
– New and Alternative Media
– Short-Form Writing

Through all its grants, the Arts Writers Grant Program aims to honor and encourage writing about art:
– that is rigorous, passionate, eloquent, and precise;
– in which a keen engagement with the present is infused with an appreciation of the historical;
– that is neither afraid to take a stand nor content to deliver authoritative pronouncements, but serves rather to pose questions and generate new possibilities for thinking about, seeing, and making art;
– that is sensitive to both the importance and difficulty of situating aesthetic objects within their broader social and political contexts;
– that does not dilute or sidestep complex ideas but renders accessible their meaning and value;
– that creatively challenges the limits of existing conventions, without valorizing novelty as an end in itself.

Due to legal constraints we can only fund US citizens, permanent residents of the United States, and holders of O-1 visas. For guidelines and additional eligibility requirements, please visit artswriters.org/guidelines.

Art Writing Workshop
In partnership with the International Association of Art Critics/USA Section, the Arts Writers Grant Program offers ten select applicants consultations with leading art critics. For more information, please visit artswriters.org/writing-workshop.”
Entry Fee: N/A
Deadline: Submissions open April 12, 2017; close May 17, 2017.

2016 Bristol Short Story Prize (1st Prize is £1,000, 2nd Prize £700, 3rd Prize £400. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the writers whose stories appear on the shortlist.)
Who’s Eligible: “
Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words. There is no minimum length.” 
Entry Fee: 
£8
Deadline: 
May 3, 2017

Crook’s Corner Book Prize ($5,000–and a free glass of wine at Crook’s Corner every day for a year.)
Who’s Eligible: “The submitted book must be the author’s first published novel for adult readers, published in the United States between January 1, 2015 and June 15, 2017. Regardless of the author’s residence, the book must be set predominantly in the American South, which includes the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Books may be self-published if they have an ISBN number. Books that are available only as e-books are not eligible. Submissions are welcome from authors or publishers.”
Entry Fee: $35
Deadline: June 15, 2017

The Narrative Prize ($4,000)
Who’s Eligible: Writers between 18 and 30.
Entry Fee: $22
Deadline: June 15, 2017

Bard Fiction Prize ($30,000) 
Who’s Eligible: A talented, aspiring creative writer 39 years old or younger, based in the U.S. The chosen resident will live on the Bard College campus, teach a course, and give a public lecture.
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 15, 2017

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize ($15,000)
Who’s Eligible: Short story authors who have either 1) published a novel-size compilation of fiction; or 2) who have had a minimum of three narratives/ novellas published in “well-known publications and literary journals of high standard”. Online publication and self-publication don’t count toward this requirement.
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: June 30, 2017

Aspen Words Literary Prize: Fiction with Impact ($35,000)
Who’s Eligible: “The Aspen Words Literary Prize is an annual award for an influential work of fiction that focuses on the vital issues of our time — social, political, economic, environmental or otherwise — and thus demonstrates the transformative power that literature has on thought and culture.

The inaugural award will be conferred for books published between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. The winner will be announced at a celebration in New York City in early spring 2018, and will receive an award of $35,000. The winner will be the featured speaker and guest of honor in Aspen, Colorado for the June 2018 Aspen Words Summer Benefit.”
Entry Fee: N/A
Deadline:  June 30, 2017

PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship ($1,000)
Who’s Eligible: “Poets and writers of fiction and creative nonfiction with clear ideas of what they hope to accomplish through their writing.”
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: The 2017 application period will open on March 30, 2016.

Winter 2016 Story Contest (First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.)
Who’s Eligible: “All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2016 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.”
Entry Fee: $24
Deadline: March 31, 2016

The Short Fiction Prize (First Prize is £500, Second Prize is £100
Who’s Eligible: Authors from anywhere in the world.
Entry Fee: £7
Deadline: March 31, 2016

Oregon Book Awards | Oregon Literary Fellowships + New Fellowship for Writers of Color (“The amount, number and categories of fellowships will be determined from the quality and quantity of applications, and the availability of funds.”)
Who’s Eligible: Writers of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, and Young Readers Literature based in Oregon full-time–both at the time of application and receipt of the prize.
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: Applications for the 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowships will go online in April 2016.

The Paterson Fiction Prize ($1,000)
Who’s Eligible: The author of a novel or collection of short fiction published in 2015. See rules and application.
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: April 1, 2016

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award (£30,000 for first prize, £5,000 for five runners-up)
Who’s Eligible: “[3.1 The Award is open to authors writing in the English language, aged 18 years or over at the time
of submission, who must have been previously published in the English language in the UK or
Ireland.
3.2 The Entry must not contain more than six thousand (6,000) words. The word count should be
listed on the Entry and must be precise.
3.3 Entries may be submitted by the author or by his/her publisher or agent with the author‟s
consent.
3.4 No more than one story per author may be submitted. It is the responsibility of the author to
make sure that that there is not more than one of his/her stories submitted in total.
3.5 The story entered must either:age 4 of 8
3.5.1 be unpublished (worldwide); or
3.5.2. be first published or scheduled for publication after 1 January 2014.
3.6 The author must have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or
Ireland. This means the author must previously have had works of prose fiction, drama or poetry
published by an established publisher or an established printed magazine in the UK or Ireland,
or broadcast by a national radio station in the UK or Ireland.”
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: Information for 2017 prize to come.

The NY Public Library Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship ($70,000)
Who’s Eligible: “[P]rojects that draw on the research collections at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). The Center looks for top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars.” Applicants do not need to have published a book in order to apply.
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: Information for 2017-2018 prize to come.

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction ($15,000 – one winner; $5000 – four runner-ups)
Who’s Eligible: A U.S.-based writer of the year’s finest fiction.
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: Information for 2017 prize to come.

Besmilr Brigham Women Writers Award (Publication and Promotion) 
Who’s Eligible: “[W]omen (or anyone identifying as a woman) living in rural areas or away from the coasts in cities with less than a million people. Women living outside the U.S. please query: lostroadspublishers@gmail.com.”
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: Information for 2017 prize to come.

The Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship ($45,000 stipend, plus health benefits, faculty privileges, a book allowance, and a nine-month residency (during the academic year 2015-16) in historic Chestertown, Md.)
Who’s Eligible: Applicants should have a significant book-length project currently in progress. The project should address the history and/or legacy – broadly defined – of the American Revolution and the nation’s founding ideas. It might focus on the founding era itself, or on the myriad ways the questions that preoccupied the nation’s founders have shaped America’s later history. Work that contributes to ongoing national conversations about America’s past and present, with the potential to reach a wide public, is particularly sought. Applications from published writers and established scholars are welcome. Dissertation projects will not be considered; first book projects are likewise discouraged, unless the applicant has an otherwise extensive publication history. Candidates who have completed the majority of their research and are focused on the writing phase of their projects are especially encouraged to apply.
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: Information for 2017-2018 prize to come.

Narrative Magazine’s 30 Below Contest (First Prize is $1,500, Second Prize is $750, Third Prize is $300, and ten finalists will receive $100 each.) 
Who’s Eligible: “all writers, poets, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers between eighteen and thirty years old. …Entries must be previously unpublished.”
Entry Fee: $23 (comes with three months of access to Narrative Backstage)
Deadline: Information for 2017 contest to come.

Etisalat Prize for Literature (“…£15,000 in addition to a fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia. The winner and shortlisted writers receive a sponsored two city tour promoting their books.”)
Who’s Eligible: “…submitted books which must be a writer’s first work of fiction of over 30,000 words, published in the last 24 months.”
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: Information for 2016 prize to come.

The Young Lions Fiction Award ($10,000)
Who’s Eligible: A promising writer was no older than 35 years of age when his/her work (book, novel, short story collection) was published. Children’s / YA books are ineligible. Your publisher must enter the contest on your behalf.
Deadline: Information for 2017 prize to come.

Hodder Fellowship ($68,000)
Who’s Eligible: Writers and poets in that central stage in their career “when they have displayed unprecedented talent, but have not yet obtained universal acknowledgment.”
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: Information for 2017-2018 prize to come.

Wallace Stegner Fellowship ($26,000 per academic year. The program also pays for each fellow’s tuition and health insurance.)
Who’s Eligible: Anyone may apply, regardless of nationality or age. This is a 2-year program.
Entry Fee: $75
Deadline: Information for 2017-2019 Fellowship to come.

FINE ARTS WORK CENTER in Provincetown Writing Fellowship ($750/month for 7 months + a private, furnished apartment)
Who’s Eligible: “Writers who have published a full-length book of creative work are not eligible.”
Entry Fee: $50
Deadline: Information for 2017-2018 Fellowship to come.

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19 responses to “Writing Fellowships & Awards You Still Have Time to Apply For

  1. Thanks for this list! And thanks in general for being a helpful blog for writers, always offering a word of encouragement.

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  3. Yes!! I plan on looking into which ones I’m eligible for and applying IMMEDIATELY! Haha! Thank you! 🙂

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  15. Reblogged this on JCU // Creative Writing Workshop and commented:
    Although dated, the information is still worthwhile to review. So, take the opportunity to see the possible creative writing fellowships to which you can apply, either for this year or the next!

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