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Our Opportunities for Writers list for May and June is below. As always, don’t forget that deadlines and details do sometimes change, so please check the relevant websites (linked in bold) for all the latest details.
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is open to submissions of personal and critical essays, as well as humour that reflects on the world of reading, writing, literature, and storytelling in all its forms. The editors are particularly interested in pieces that examine the intersection of the literary world and other creative disciplines: film, fine art, music, video games, architecture etc. Closes 1 May.
The O. Henry Prize Stories
is an annual collection of the year’s twenty best stories published in American and Canadian magazines. Entries must be submitted by the magazine’s editors and should reach the series editor, Laura Furman, by 1 May. The 20 stories selected for the 2016 O. Henry Prize collection are available here.
Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
is an international screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. The final entry deadline for the 2017 competition is 1 May.
Jack Jones Literary Arts
is hosting its first annual writing retreat at SMU-in-Taos in Taos, New Mexico. This two-week retreat will be held from 12 to 26 October and is open exclusively to women of color writing in any genre. Eleven fully-funded fellowships are available. Applications close 1 May.