The James Jones Fellowship Contest is now in its 26th year. It awards $10,000 to an American writer with a first fiction novel in progress in 2017. Two runners-up will 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The fellowship is only for unpublished first novels: collections of short stories, memoirs and self-published novels are not eligible.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.