Each month we aim to provide a helpful round-up of writing competitions, fellowships, publication opportunities and more for writers at all stages of their careers.
For new writers, or for anyone seeking a refresher, we highly recommend reading How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Magazines.
Deadlines and details do sometimes change, so please check the relevant websites (linked in bold) for all the latest details. For more opportunities and regular updates follow Aerogramme Writers’ Studio on Facebook and Twitter.
Zoetrope All-Story’s Annual Fiction Contest
has the aim of seeking out and encouraging talented writers, with the winning and runners-up’s work being forwarded to leading literary agents. A first prize of US$1000 is also offered. Stories can be up to 5000 words. Entries close on 1 October.
Missouri Review Editors’ Prize
is now open for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions. The three winners receive US$5000 each, publication in the magazine and a reception in their honour. Prose submissions may be up to 8500 words and poets may submit any number of poems up to 10 pages. Closes 1 October.
Guernica Fellowship Program
aims to provide deep training in magazine editing and production, coupled with opportunities to work on a dedicated writing or multimedia project with an editor-mentor. Up to five emerging writers, editors and multimedia journalists will be selected for a six-month fellowship. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will close by 1 October.
Vermont Studio Center
is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States. Each month the Center hosts over 50 writers and artists from across the country and around the world. The next application deadline is 1 October.
is a print journal wholly committed to the publication of longer works of poetry, novellas, and lyric essays. Submissions are considered year round but the $3 reading fee will be waived from 1 October onwards.
also known as the National Award for Arts Writing, is given annually by the Arts Club of Washington to nonfiction books about the arts written for a broad audience. The winner receives $10,000 and is invited to a short residency in Washington (expenses paid). Books must be non-fiction titles written in English by a single, living author, originally published in the United States in 2016. Entries close on 1 October.
Boston Review’s Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
is one of three contests run each year by the literary magazine.The winner of the contest will receive US$1500 and have his or her work published in the July/August 2017 issue of Boston Review. The runners-up stories may also be published. Entries close 3 October.