The Arkansas International Emerging Writers Prize 2018
The Arkansas International is inviting entries for its second annual emerging writer’s prize. The winner will receive US$1000 and publication. The prize is only open to writers who have not yet published a full-length book.

The Arkansas International is a journal of literature from the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation. Its first issue was published in Fall 2016 with the aim of publishing the best fiction, poetry, essays, comics and works in translation from the United States and abroad.

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The Moth Short Story Prize 2018

The Moth Magazine is currently inviting entries from writers around the world to its annual short story prize. The winner will receive €3000.

This prize is open to previously unpublished works of fiction up to 5000 words. In addition to the €3000 (approximately US$3700) first prize, a second prize will be awarded with the winner to receive a writing retreat at Circle of Misse, located in the south of France’s Loire Valley plus €250. The third prize winner receives €1000 and all three winners will have their stories published in the autumn issue of The Moth.

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Fellowships for Screenwriters 2018

An essential round-up of fellowships and opportunities for screenwriters in 2018. Deadlines and conditions can change, so please check the relevant websites for full entry details.

PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
were established in 2003 by an alliance of Hollywood producers, agents and development executives. This competition awards a cash prize of $25,000 to a screenwriter who has written the best screenplay in any genre. There are also prizes in ten genre categories. The final date for entries is 16 April.

The Disney | ABC Writing Program
was created in 1990 and is based in Los Angeles. The program aims to place participants as staff writers on Disney/ABC television series and begins with a curriculum designed to better prepare them for this role.  Writers become employees and will be paid a weekly salary. Applications open and close in May (dates TBC).

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 final entry deadline is 1 May.

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Prairie Schooner Book Prize 2018

Literary magazine Prairie Schooner is currently accepting fiction and poetry manuscripts for its popular annual book prize contest. The winners will each receive US$3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press.

Entries must unpublished and fit into one of two categories:

  • fiction collections of at least 150 pages comprised either entirely of short stories or one novella along with short stories
  • poetry collections of at least 50 pages

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James Jones Fellowship 2018

The James Jones Fellowship Contest is now in its 27th year. It awards $10,000 to an American writer with a first fiction novel in progress in 2018. Two runners-up may each receive $1000.

Entrants are asked to supply a two-page outline of their entire novel, plus the first 50 pages of the work.

The fellowship is only for unpublished first novels: collections of short stories, memoirs and self-published novels are not eligible. To enter this contest, writers must be United States citizens.

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