Contests, Markets & Grants

Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant. This grant provides opportunities for feminist artists and arts organizations to further their artistic development to create art for positive social change. Deadline Sept. 7, 5 p.m. EST.

Brush Creek Foundation offers three-week writing residencies in Saratoga, Wyoming, for writers, visual and performing artists, musicians, and composers. Deadline Sept. 1. 

Jentel offers residencies on a cattle ranch 20 miles southeast of Sheridan, Wyoming, for writers in all genres and artists in all media. Monthly stipend of $400 for residents. Deadline Sept. 15. 

Boom! An Anthology seeks poetry or fiction or nonfiction prose (up to 4,000 words) that relates to experiences of the baby boom generation. Writers must have been born between 1946 and 1964 and live or have lived in the Ohio River Valley. Cash prizes and publication for selected entries. Questions? Email Deadline Sept. 15. 

Enter in advance for Sept. 15 contest: Writer’s Weekly 24-Hour Short Story Contest. In this unique contest, you enter now, then receive a writing prompt and word count on Sept. 15 at noon (Central). Entrants then have 24 hours to write and submit a short story. First prize, $300; second, $250; third $200. Entry fee $5. Contest occurs on Sept. 15.

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest awards $4,000 in cash prizes; published and unpublished work accepted. All entries that win cash prizes published on Entry fee: $12 per poem (each up to 250 lines). Deadline Sept. 30. 

Chicken Soup for the Soul pays $200 and ten copies for essays up to 1,200 words. Now accepting essays on “More Messages from Heaven,” “Stories about Angels,” “Stories about Miracles,” and “Stories about My Mom”—all with a deadline of Sept. 30.


Booksie Poetry Contest. Poetry of any type, length, or content. Grand prize, $1,000; prizes for runners-up, $150. Entry fee $6.95. Deadline Sept. 30. 

Millay Colony Artists’ Residencies in New York for six to seven visual artists, writers, and composers (all ages, from all cultures and communities, and at all stages of their careers), each month between April and November. Deadline Oct. 1. 

Information about contests, markets, and grants is provided as a service to writers, and is not an endorsement of any particular contest or sponsoring organization. Always check contest websites for complete rules.