The author wrote something. He wanted people to read it. He entered the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. It cost $17. Carve Magazine said, “We like your submission.” “Good,” he said. They published his work and gave him some money. (Seriously, though, you don’t have to try to write like Carver; just submit your work of literary fiction up to 10,000 words.) Deadline May 15.
The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow welcomes applications for their 2021 Moondancer Fellowship, which focuses on work about nature and the environment. The fellowship is open to poets, memoirists, essayists, fiction writers, playwrights, columnists, and screenwriters. The winner will enjoy a two-week residency at Dairy Hollow, complete with gourmet dinners every night. $35 application fee; only submit one work for consideration, please. Deadline May 31.
The Speculative Literature Foundation seeks writers aged 50 and up for their Older Writers Grant. A $1,000 prize will be awarded to an applicant just starting out with their professional writing career in any speculative literature field, from fantasy to science fiction to ghost stories and more. No entry fee; apply anytime in the month of May.
Flash fiction is enjoying a heyday. Midway Journal invites writers to apply for its -1000 Below Flash Prose and Poetry Contest. Entries will be judged by Tiana Clark, author of the poetry collections Equilibrium and I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood. $10 entry fee; deadline June 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.