Free Entry Contests

AMERICAN ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY. Fellowships for Creative Writers. Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction genres. Given for up to 25 pages of work. Prize: month-long residency, stipend. Typical deadline: October 5. Frequency: annual.

AMY LOWELL POETRY TRAVELING SCHOLARSHIP. Poetry. Given for a selection of work. Prize: $54,000. Number of submissions: 400. Typical deadline: October 15. Frequency: annual.

A PUBLIC SPACE. APS Emerging Writer Fellowships. Poetry, creative nonfiction. Given for previously unpublished short stories or essays. Prize: $1,000, publication, six-month mentorship and optional workspace. Number of awards: 3. Frequency: biannual.

BARD COLLEGE. Bard Fiction Prize. Fiction. Given for a selection of work by a writer under 40. Prize: $30,000, residency at Bard. Number of submissions: 150. Typical deadline: July 15. Frequency: annual.

BLUE MOUNTAIN CENTER. Richard J. Margolis Award. Creative nonfiction. Given for up to 30 pages of work dealing with themes of social justice. Prize: $5,000, month-long residency. Number of submissions: 80 to 100. Typical deadline: July 1. Frequency: annual.

JAPAN-US FRIENDSHIP COMMISSION. US/Japan Creative Artists Residencies. Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Given for selections of work. Prize: Three month residency in Japan, $20,000 living stipend, $2,000 travel stipend. Number of submissions: 150. Number of awards: up to 5. Frequency: annual.

LADIES’ HOME JOURNAL. Personal Essay Contest. Creative nonfiction. Given for a personal essay. Prize: $3,000, possible publication. Number of submissions: 4,000. Typical deadline: December 6. Frequency: annual.

LAKE FOREST COLLEGE. Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency. Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Given for 30 pages of an innovative work-in-progress by a writer under 40 who hasn’t published a book. Prize: $10,000, two-month residency, publication by &NOW Books. Number of submissions: 200. Frequency: annual.

MILKWEED EDITIONS. Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Given for a book-length manuscript by a writer living in the Midwest. Prize: $10,000, publication. Number of submissions: 150 to 200. Frequency: annual.

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS. Creative Writing Fellowships. Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Given for 10 pages of work. Prize: $25,000. Number of submissions: 1,100. Number of awards: 40. Frequency: annual.



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